First case of coronavirus diagnosed in Pakistan: sources

MULTAN: The first case of coronavirus was diagnosed in Multan after a man showing symptoms of the deadly virus was admitted to Nishtar Hospital here on Friday, ARY News reported.

According to sources, the coronavirus patient traveled for the first time from China to Dubai and arrived in Karachi on January 21. After landing in Karachi, he left for Multan through flight PK-332 of the Pakistan International Airline.

A patient whose identification is still unknown moved to Nishtar Hospital after his condition deteriorated. He was transferred to the isolation room.

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It should be noted that the respiratory coronavirus has made more than 800 sick in China and killed at least 26. The outbreak began last month in the city of Wuhan in Hubei. Scientists have identified the disease as a new type of coronavirus, a large family of viruses, some of which cause the common cold.

Earlier, the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) in Health, Dr. Zafar Mirza, said the country lacks facilities to detect the deadly coronavirus.

Dr. Zafar Mirza said in a statement that samples of suspicious cases will be sent to international laboratories for analysis.

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.

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.

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