8 new confirmed cases of coronavirus have surfaced in Karachi on Monday, hence increasing the total count of cases to 13 in the province of Sindh and 16 in total across Pakistan, as per the reports of local media.
A spokesperson for the Health Department of Sindh said that 5 to 8 people who tested positive for the disease had flown back from Syria via Doha while the others had come back from London via Dubai.
So far, 16 people have been tested positive for the virus in Pakistan.
While speaking to the local media, Hussain Shah the Sindh Information Minister said that the people been diagnosed with the infection flew back from London and Syria on the 5th and 6th of March.
He also said that the passengers reaching the Karachi airport are being screened. And added that the flights coming from Dubai are not subjected to screening as those coming from China, the hot-spot of the coronavirus.
Previously on the 8th of March, a fourth patient was tested positive for the virus in Karachi.
The special assistant to PM on Health Dr Zafar Mirza posted on Twitter that a patient from Karachi tested positive for the virus. All the contacts are quarantined. He added that this is the seventh case in Pakistan though 1 has already recovered and had been discharged and another one is all set to be discharged. He also said that if they all act in a responsible manner coronavirus outbreak could be avoided in the country.