'I can confirm first two cases of corona virus in Pakistan'
Pakistan has confirmed its first two cases of coronavirus in the port city of Karachi.
In a tweet on his official account on Wednesday, Pakistan Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Health Dr Zafar Mirza confirmed the matter just minutes after the first case was reported in Pakistan's port city, reports Geo News.
"I can confirm first two cases of corona virus in Pakistan. Both cases are being taken care of according to clinical standard protocols & both of them are stable," Dr Mirza wrote on Twitter.
He also noted that there was "no need to panic [as] things are under control," he said in the tweet.
220/ I can confirm first two cases of corona virus in Pakistan. Both cases are being taken care of according to clinical standard protocols & both of them are stable. No need to panic, things are under control. I will hold press conf tomorrow on return from Taftan.— Zafar Mirza (@zfrmrza) February 26, 2020
Earlier, Geo News reported that a spokesperson for the Sindh health department confirmed that the 22-year-old patient — Pakistan's first case — had arrived in aeroplane from Iran and has a history of travel to Tehran from where he reportedly acquired the virus.
While the young man recently arrived here in Karachi by bus, it was unclear as to when exactly he left for Iran and when reached Pakistan, added the report.
According to reports, the coronavirus patient and his family were immediately placed in quarantine at a private hospital on the National Stadium Road. The federal health department was, as of reporting time, examining the passengers he has travelled with.
Further, the provincial health department was set to dispatch a team to inspect his residence as well as his neighbourhood, Geo News said.