On Saturday, it has been reported that the first case of SARS-like deadly virus called coronavirus has allegedly been diagnosed in Multan. According to the details of the report, a man was admitted to the Nishtar Hospital in Multan after showing symptoms of the deadly virus.
The report further claimed that the man, 40, was working on a project in the industrial estate and had just returned from Wuhan—the epicentre of the coronavirus in China.
On the other hand, the authorities of the government of Pakistan have denied the reports of confirmed coronavirus cases across the country despite the reports that four ‘suspected cases’ were being treated in hospitals in the country.
Dr Zafar Mirza—a Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health said that not a single case of coronavirus has been detected in Pakistan.
SAPM refuted the media’s reports of four suspected cases in Pakistan through a tweet on Sunday.
“175/ Chinese kept in isolation in Nishtar Hospital, Multan is improving. No signs of sever acute respiratory infection. He is being managed in line with standard protocol as a suspect. Alhamdolilah, Pakistan does not have any nCronavirus patient until now, and we are alert!” he tweeted.
While talking about 500 Pakistani students in China’s Wuhan City, he said that he can confirm that all the students are well as no case of coronavirus among them.
“176/ Pakistani students in Wuhan City: I want to reassure the families of our >500 Pakistani students in Wuhan City. Having spoken with our Ambassador in China I can confirm that students are well, no case of #coronoavirus among them & our Embassy is actively in touch with them,” the special assistant to PM said.
It is worth mentioning here that other than China, the cases of coronavirus have also been surfaced in Singapore, Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, and the US. The SARS-like virus took the lives of as many as 81 people in China and infected more than 1,300 people around the world.