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Two more cases of coronavirus confirmed in Pakistan, surging count to four

Two more cases of novel coronavirus have been tested positive in Pakistan on Saturday, surging the total number of confirmed cases to four, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr. Zafar Mirza said at a news conference in Islamabad.

Addressing a joint press conference alongside the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Media and Broadcasting, Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan, the SAPM on health told that one of the patients is from Karachi while the other is from Islamabad.

Dr. Zafar said the government is taking the national disaster management authority (NDMA) onboard to ensure the availability of protective masks.

The SAPM appealed the media to not to share the personal details of the patients. He also reiterated that two of the initial confirmed cases of the virus were currently under observation and medical care in Karachi and Islamabad.

The special assistant also tried to calm the nation by stating that they should not overreact or overstate the magnanimity of the virus and its spread assuring that all basic preventive means have been taken to tackle and control the dangerous virus.

On Wednesday, Pakistan confirmed the first two cases of the highly infectious disease.

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The second COVID-19 case in Karachi emerged a day after the Sindh government decided to quarantine suspected and confirmed patients of the virus at a health facility on the outskirts of Karachi as part of its efforts to contain the infestation.

Briefing about the first two patients of coronavirus, Mirza said both of them were recovering and one of them would be discharged soon.

The SAPM said it was decided in the high-level meeting attended by all stakeholders that the vigilance across all entry points of the country would be increased as to identify the cases and shift them to the  isolation ward immediately.

A six-member team of the Sindh Health Department on Thursday also carried out screening of the residents in the neighbourhood of Karachi’s first coronavirus patient.

 

Samra Mazhar

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