As the number of novel coronavirus cases has increased to 5, the federal government has imposed a national health emergency throughout the nation to contain the spread of the contagious disease.
Dr Zafar Mirza, the State Minister for Health on Tuesday has given confirmation to the 5th case after a 45-year old woman from the region of Gilgit Baltistan who has recently visited Iran was diagnosed with the coronavirus.
Firdous Ashiq Awan the PM’s Special Assistant on Information and Broadcasting on Tuesday has said that Dr Mirza has briefed comprehensively to the federal cabinet on the steps being taken to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
The PM’s aide said that Dr Mirza during a meeting has suggested many steps which includes declaring a national health emergency throughout the nation for dealing with the spread of the coronavirus cases, which was given approval by the cabinet.
The federal cabinet has stressed on the need for strengthening the awareness campaign and for making the medical screening more effective especially of those coming from Iran and China at all the entry points of the nation.
The virus has spread to more than 30 nations, taking the lives of more than 2,700 and infecting at least 80,000, which are mostly in China.
New outbreaks in the Middle East, Europe and Asia have fanned fears of the virus spreading in poor countries that lack the healthcare infrastructure to cope with it.
There are also growing concerns in Pakistan, which is located between China and Iran, both these nations are the hotspots for the disease.