ISLAMABAD, Feb 25 (KUNA) — Pakistan on Wednesday has confirmed its first two cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country’s southwestern Karachi city, said officials.
Pakistan’s Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health, Dr. Zafar Mirza on Wednesday confirmed two cases of coronavirus in country’s port city.
“I can confirm first two cases of coronavirus in Pakistan. Both cases are being taken care of according to clinical standard protocols and both of them are stable,” said Mirza.
He further said, “no need to panic [as] things are under control.”
Moreover, a spokesperson for the provincial health department of Sindh province, Senator Murtaza Wahab confirmed that the 22-year-old patient, Pakistan’s first case, had arrived in aeroplane from Iran and has a history of travel to Tehran from where he reportedly acquired the virus.
The coronavirus patient and his family were immediately placed in quarantine at a hospital.
“All safety measures have been taken and we will emergency steps after this case. Most arrangements are being made by the center but the Sindh government will play its part as well,” said Wahab.
Earlier last week, Pakistan closed off its border with Iran at Taftan border, where several people have reportedly died of coronavirus so far.
On Monday, Afghan minister of public health, Ferozuddin Feroz in a press conference confirmed the first coronavirus case in the country on the Iran border.
Afghan National Security Council announced that all travel to and from Iran has been temporarily banned to prevent the coronavirus outbreak.