ISLAMABAD: The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) announced on Saturday that the government decided to import three thermal scanners to address coronavirus airports, ARY NEWS reported.
The NDMA spokesman said the decision to import the scanners was made due to the growing threats of coronavirus and that they would soon arrive in the country.
“Imported scanners will be available at the airports in Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore,” he said.
Amid concerns about the outbreak of a new virus that has so far killed 14 people in China and infected more than 800, the Prime Minister’s Special Assistant (SAPM) on Health, Dr. Zafar Mirza, said Friday that The country lacks facilities to detect death. coronavirus
Dr. Zafar Mirza said in a statement that samples of suspicious cases will be sent to international laboratories for analysis.
He said that specific virology laboratories have the necessary equipment to diagnose such viral diseases.
The SAPM said the samples would be sent to laboratories in three countries, including China and the Netherlands, until laboratories capable of detecting coronaviruses are established in the country. He said the installation will be available in two weeks.
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The National Health Commission of China previously said that so far 830 cases of coronavirus had been confirmed and that 25 people had died until Thursday.
Most cases are in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where it is believed that the coronavirus originated at the end of last year.
Non-fatal cases have been found in at least seven other countries.
Health officials fear that the transmission rate may be accelerated as hundreds of millions of Chinese travel to their homes and abroad during a week’s holiday for the Lunar New Year, which begins on Saturday.