Pakistan studies first coronavirus case in Karachi, elevating contaminated toll to 2

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Pakistan studies first coronavirus case in Karachi, elevating contaminated toll to 2

KARACHI: Two coronavirus instances have been confirmed in Pakistan’s port metropolis, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza confirmed on Wednesday, minutes after the primary case was reported in Pakistan’s port metropolis.

“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,” Dr Mirza wrote on Twitter.

He additionally famous that there was “no need to panic [as] things are under control”.

Addressing a press convention shortly after first case of coronavirus was reported, SAPM Dr Mirza spoke of medical ethics and burdened to not “share information of the patient”.

“I request you that even when , don’t unfold this data,” he mentioned. However, he confirmed that one case every was reported in Sindh and Islamabad.

“Both of them travelled to Iran recently and I think it is necessary to tell the people that we should not panic,” he mentioned, emphasising on prevention and exhibiting accountability.

Earlier, a spokesperson for the Sindh well being division confirmed that the 22-year-old affected person — Pakistan’s first case — had arrived in an aeroplane from Iran and has a historical past of travel to Tehran from the place he reportedly acquired the virus.

He was affected by coronavirus signs whereas he was in Iran, it talked about.

The younger man and his household have been instantly positioned in quarantine at a non-public hospital on the National Stadium Road. The well being division was, as of reporting time, acquiring particulars of the passengers he travelled with.

Further, the provincial well being division was set to dispatch a crew to examine his residence in addition to his neighbourhood.

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) commonplace working procedures (SOP) dictate that everybody who got here into contact with the contaminated individual needs to be checked for the virus.

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The 22-year-old’s situation reportedly began to deteriorate on February 18 and he underwent a hijama, or cupping remedy, at a neighborhood well being centre in Iranian metropolis of Mashhad. After that, he suffered from a headache.

He arrived in Karachi on February 20, indicating that there have been possibilities that the thermal screening machines on the airports for these coming into the nation might not have labored in spite of everything. The machines are supposed to right away detect higher-than-usual physique temperature.

Speaking to Geo News, Sindh authorities spokesperson Senator Murtaza Wahab confirmed the case and mentioned: “All safety measures have been taken and we will take emergency steps after this case. Most arrangements are being made by the centre but the Sindh government will play its part as well.”

Sindh Information Minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah mentioned the provincial authorities was “working to procure the data of the infected” underneath Chief Minster Murad Ali Shah’s orders.

Speaking on Geo News’ programme Aaj Shahzeb Khanzada Kay Saath, Shah, the data minister, added that isolation wards have been being arrange in several hospitals across the province.

“We are taking the data of all the people who were travelling with the infected person on his flight,” he added. “There are three isolation wards in Sindh, one in Civil Hospital [Dr Ruth K. M. Pfau Civil Hospital], one in Jinnah [Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC)], and one in AKUH [Aga Khan University Hospital].

“The Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), Sindh, has also been alerted” on this regard.

In this regard, the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan mentioned they’d “learned with heavy heart of two confirmed COVID-19 cases in Pakistan”.

“We hope the speedy recovery of the patients. China stands ready to work with Pakistan in the fight against #COVID-19,” it added.

Late final week, Pakistan closed off its border with Iran, the place 19 individuals have died of coronavirus to this point, whereas one other 139 individuals — together with the nation’s deputy well being minister, Iraj Harirchi — contaminated. Tehran’s demise toll is the best than any nation aside from China.

Further, sources knowledgeable Geo News that the federal government of Balochistan had additionally stopped pilgrims from travelling to Iran through Taftan border.

The virus has originated in China, the place it has killed greater than 2,700 individuals to this point.

Around the world, over 80,000 individuals have been contaminated with coronavirus, as per the World Health Organization (WHO), with a lot of the instances in China — above 78,000.