China sends ‘walkthrough technology’ to Pakistan to deal with COVID-19

So far, 23 patients have recovered and 9 deaths have been reported.

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National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Chairman Lt. Gen Muhammad Afzal announced that the government of China has dispatched a ‘walkthrough technology’ to Pakistan. This machine will test a large number of suspected people for the coronavirus.

“Walkthrough machine is very huge and it will arrive at Khunjerab Pass by next week”, he said.
The chairman addressed a joint press conference with the federal ministers in Islamabad.

Nationwide the number of COVID-19 patients has crossed 1,235 as authorities are struggling to increase their testing capacity to control the spread of the virus. So far, 23 patients have recovered and 9 deaths have been reported.

Afzal also said that the machine will allow authorities to screen people in a larger number as individual testing is not possible.

“We are also making arrangements to test people in different cities through this machine”, he said.

Till 5th April 2020, doctors working at different hospitals across the country will be given protective equipment box. Around 50,000 diagnostic kits will be distributed in all provinces as per their requirement.

Afzal said that areas with high number of coronavirus cases will be disinfected on a priority basis.
While speaking on the occasion, Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar said that Prime Minister Imran Khan is going to announce two initiatives to deal with the crisis at hand.

The first is related to the team of volunteers that would be formed to distribute food items amongst the deserving people if the lockdown was imposed.

“Another announcement is about the donations which many overseas Pakistanis want to donate”, the minister said.

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