Coronavirus reaching Pakistan: Can Pakistan fight it like China did?

These passengers include two Chinese and two Pakistani students. A team of doctors from CMH Lahore and the federal health department checked them and later these four passengers were shifted to Service hospital where they will be subjected to more tests.

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4 passengers coming from Abu Dhabi by a private airline have been diagnosed with the coronavirus at Lahore airport.

These passengers include two Chinese and two Pakistani students. A team of doctors from CMH Lahore and the federal health department checked and diagnosed them and later all four were shifted to Service hospital where they will be subjected to more tests.

Pakistani students Harris Sattar and Waqar Yasin are among the four passengers diagnosed with the coronavirus.

Earlier, this week a suspected case of coronavirus was reported in Pakistan after a Pakistani student returned from China.

Coronavirus reported in Sindh

As per media reports, a resident of Khairpur, Sindh, Shahzaib Ali Rahu that had reached Karachi via Qatar from China, was cleared at the Karachi International airport during the Coronavirus scanning but his condition deteriorated and symptoms of coronavirus were diagnosed in him.

“He was experiencing a headache, flu and cough when he reached Qatar,” said his elder brother, Irshad Ali. Adding that, “He took some medicine to relieve the symptoms and was able to reach the village safely.”

Irshad Ali informed that his brother “was absolutely fine during the screening because he had already taken the medicine,” he explained. “But when he got home, he had fever, flu, cough and fatigue.”

He was taken to Civil Hospital on Monday when his nose started bleeding. Shahzaib’s suspicious case has caused panic and fear in his village. Shahzaib’s brother claimed his brother is not being treated properly despite orders from the Sindh Health Minister.

On suspicion of coronavirus in Shahzaib, the doctors and paramedic staff at Civil Hospital Pirjo Goth refused to give him treatment and left the ward.

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Doctors said that they neither have any treatment for the disease nor any testing kits.

Owing to lack of treatment facilities in Sindh, Shahzaib tried to go to Islamabad but while on Multan toll Plaza, a heavy contingent of the police force sent back him to Sindh.

Meanwhile, Pakistanis stranded in coronavirus-struck China have been attempting to flee home. A group of 143 passengers from China arrived on Monday morning in Islamabad.

After halting flight operations to China, Pakistan announced to resume its flights yesterday. The resumption of flights to China came a day after Pakistan presented thousands of coronavirus screening kits.

Dr. Zafar Mirza, Special Assistant to Prime Minister Imran Khan on National Health Services took to Twitter to inform people that the returned Pakistanis were screened at airports and the passengers interviewed.

“At all airports, screening systems have been strengthened. The Pakistani government is prepared for any emergency,” Mirza said, adding, “The health department has the facilities for detecting coronavirus cases.

Coronavirus update

The death toll from the coronavirus outbreak in mainland China has risen anew to 636, according to the country’s National Health Commission on Friday.

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Out of the total 73 new deaths reported, 69 cases were reported from Hubei province, the epicenter of the outbreak, including 64 in the provincial capital Wuhan.

There had been further 3,143 cases detected across the country, pushing the total number of infections up to 31,161.

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