Four Pakistani students in China confirmed to have coronavirus: Dr Zafar
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Special Assistant on Health Services Dr Zafar Mirza on Wednesday has confirmed that four Pakistani students in the Chinese city Wuhan are confirmed to have the coronavirus.
Addressing a press conference in Islamabad on Wednesday, the special assistant said that the government will take good care of the students who have contracted the virus without naming any student.
He said that a large proportion of the Pakistanis living in China are students of which over 500 students are based in the central city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the new virus.
“The health condition of four students, who confirmed to have the coronavirus, is better now,” Dr Zafar Mirza mentioned. He also assured that that health ministry is in contact with the Pakistani embassy in Beijing. “Pakistani officials in China are in constant touch with all the students,” he added.
Briefing about the coronavirus, the special assistant Dr Zafar Mirza said that the virus attacks three people out of 100, leaving remaining 97 unaffected.
No case of coronavirus confirmed in Pakistan yet
Dr Zafar Mirza said that no case of the coronavirus has been confirmed in Pakistan yet. “There is not even one confirmed case of coronavirus inside Pakistan,” he added.
The report came after Pakistani students studying in the Engineering and Science University of Wuhan had requested for help from the government over alarming outbreak of the coronavirus. In a video message, Pakistani students from Punjab, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) in Wuhan sought help from the Chinese and Pakistani government over alarming outbreak of the coronavirus in the Chinese province.
The students stated that due to the virus no communication between Wuhan and China is possible and more than two thousand Pakistani student of class 12 are facing shortage of food.
The students further requested Prime Minister Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi to please send help and facilitate their evacuation from the province.
It is pertinent to mention here that the death toll from a new coronavirus in China rose sharply to 132 on Wednesday with nearly 1,500 new cases, heaping pressure on Beijing to control the disease as US officials said the White House was weighing whether to suspend flights to the country.
The White House is holding daily meetings on the outbreak and monitoring China-US flights as a likely source of infections, sources briefed on the matter told Reuters, though it had decided against suspending air traffic.