Pakistan confirms first two cases of coronavirus
AsiaPakistani soldiers wearing facemasks stand at the closed Pakistan-Iran border in Taftan as fears over the spread of the novel coronavirus escalate. AFP/Banaras KHAN27 Feb 2020 03:31AMShare this contentBookmarkKARACHI: Pakistan has detected its first two cases of novel coronavirus, a public health advisor to Prime Minister Imran Khan tweeted on Wednesday (Feb 26), days after Islamabad closed its land border with Iran, where 19 people have died from the virus.
"I can confirm first two cases of corona virus in Pakistan. Both cases are being taken care of according to clinical standard protocols & both of them are stable. No need to panic, things are under control", tweeted health advisor Zafar Mirza.
AdvertisementAdvertisementA statement issued by the southern Sindh province's health department stated that the first positive case was reported in Karachi in a 22-year-old male with a"history of travel to Iran where he has acquired the virus."
The officials didn't confirm where the second case was reported. However, local media said it was in Islamabad.With porous borders, creaking hospitals and large illiterate populations, Pakistan faces a potentially devastating health crisis from the new coronavirus.
The virus has spread to more than 30 countries, killing over 2,700 and infecting 80,000, mostly in China. But new outbreaks in Europe, the Middle East and in Asia have fanned fears of the contagion taking hold in poor nations which lack the healthcare infrastructure to cope.
AdvertisementAdvertisementThere are growing fears in Pakistan over how the country would deal with the outbreak. Islamabad has a history of failing to contain infectious diseases such as polio, tuberculosis and hepatitis.Meanwhile Pakistan's neighbour Iran has emerged as a major hotspot, with a total of 139 cases and 19 deaths.
And Afghanistan, which also shares a border with Pakistan, reported its first case of coronavirus on Monday.While Pakistan has closed land borders with Iran, it has maintained air travel to and from China - increasingly a source of trade and commerce for the country.
"There is a limited concept of prevention unfortunately. I fear it's not well prepared at all for any health emergency," Pakistani public health expert Arshad Altaf told AFP.Pakistan this week moved quickly to quarantine at least 270 people near the Iranian border after a group of pilgrims returned and briefly mixed with other residents.Read more: CNA »
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