Pakistan confirms first two cases of coronavirus; educational institution in Sindh and Balochistan closed
After two people returning from Iran tested positive for the deadly coronavirus in Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi, all educational institutions in Sindh and Balochistan provinces were closed.
On Wednesday, a young man tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Karachi – the first confirmed case in Pakistan. Shortly after, another case was confirmed and the two returned from Iran, Special Health Advisor Dr Zafar Mirza said.
Sindh Education Minister Saeed Ghani announced on Twitter that “all public and private educational institutions will remain closed Thursday and Friday (February 27-28)”.
The government of Balochistan has announced the closure of all educational institutions in the province until March 15.
An official document said the government had taken the step “as a precaution to protect children from the coronavirus.”
“I can confirm the first two cases of coronavirus in Pakistan. Both cases are being managed according to standard clinical protocols and both are stable. No need to panic, things are under control,” Mirza tweeted Wednesday.
“If you or someone you know has recently returned from China, Iran or a country where #COVID ー 19 is prevalent and there are symptoms such as fever, cough, breathing difficulties, please report it by calling 1166, “he said. Dawn’s news Thursday.
Mirza during a late night media interaction in Quetta, capital of Balochistan, said the two patients were from Iran but were in stable condition.
Pakistan has closed its border with Iran where at least 19 people have died from the virus.
He said the government had taken effective protective measures well in time to stop the virus outbreak in Pakistan.
He urged citizens with a history of travel to Iran and China and showing symptoms of coronavirus to contact medical experts.
Meanwhile, there are reports of a shortage of masks which are considered the basic precautionary measure to protect against the coronavirus.
The authorities asked the population not to panic as there was no threat of the disease spreading in the country.