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Coronavirus in Pakistan: Quetta confirms first case


Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

10th Mar, 2020. 10:25 pm
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Coronavirus in Pakistan: Quetta confirms first case

Medical Superintendent (MS) of Fatima Jinnah Hospital Quetta has confirmed the city’s first coronavirus case today.

 According to the MS, a 12-year-old had travelled to Taftan with his parents have the virus.

The parents were screened and were reported to test negative for the virus.

With the new case in Quetta emerging, the nationwide tally rose to 19.

Karachi has the highest number of cases, numbering 15. Gilgit-Baltistan has so far reported two and Hyderabad has reported one.

However the total number of cases rises in Pakistan to 19.

In an internal department meeting, chaired by Sindh’s Minister of Health and Population Welfare Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, it decided that Sindh Health Department would be setting up its own health desk and screening at the Karachi Airport to screen all the patients coming to Karachi while all private and Public hospitals will be setting up a frontline desk for information on Corona Virus.

The meeting decided that an Advisory will issued today to avoid large public gatherings, and it has suggested to the CM to put a ban on large public gatherings like PSL.

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Besides these, Advisory will issued today for people to self-quarantine for 14 days if they have recently come to Karachi from a country with positive cases.

The press note says Gadap Hospital prepared and set up as an Isolation facility for all confirmed positive cases, while SOPs provided to all private hospitals on how to deal with a positive Corona Virus case.

Dr Zafar Mirza, the de facto health minister, also confirmed the development from his official Twitter handle.

“I can confirm 9 new cases of COVID-19 in Karachi. All these cases contacts of an already confirmed case. Further contacts are being traced and tested. This makes a total of 16 cases in Pakistan,” he tweeted.

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