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Educational institutions in Sindh to remain closed till March 13

The Sindh government has announced that educational institutions in the province will remain closed from March 2 to March 13, 2020, amid expected spread of Coronavirus in Karachi.

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The decision was made after cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Sindh  Murad Ali Shah.

Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah had taken the decision considering the quarantine time period of the probable patients kept in isolation in Dow Medical Hospital, Karachi. The decision was taken during the fourth meeting of Task Force on Corona Virus in Sindh. The CM took decision after consulting the Task Force members especially with doctors to avoid any mishap and possible spread of the lethal virus.

It is noteworthy that 738 pilgrims had arrived in Karachi from Iran and one of them was identified having Corona Virus symptoms. The meeting was told that the airport authorities have started enforcing all effective screening measures so that no active case could be able to enter into Karachi. The chair also directed Commissioner Karachi to visit Karachi Airport randomly.

The chief minister was told that the Minister Local Government, Mayor Karachi, Commissioner Karachi and other concerned people visited airport last night and found that best screening arrangements were made there.

Coronavirus affects four in Pakistan, confirms Dr Zafar Mirza

Four cases of Coronavirus have been identified in Pakistan so far.

“We have received reports of two more positive cases of coronavirus, one has been reported in Sindh province, (the) other in federal areas,” Dr Zafar Mirza, Pakistan’s health minister, had said during a press conference on Saturday.

However, the health minister had assured people not to panic over the outbreak of the novel infection in Pakistan. He said that the two patients undergoing treatment were getting better and one of them will soon be discharged from the hospital.

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The virus has spread to more than 30 countries, killing over 2,700 and infecting 80,000, mostly in China. But new outbreaks in Europe, the Middle East and in Asia have fanned fears of the contagion taking hold in poor nations that lack the healthcare infrastructure to cope.

There are growing fears in Pakistan — sandwiched between China and Iran, both hotspots for the disease — over how the country would deal with the outbreak. Islamabad has a history of failing to contain infectious diseases such as polio, tuberculosis and hepatitis.

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