‘Pakistani community in China is safe from coronavirus’

The virus has taken 56 lives in China so far and has infected hundreds of other people in China and now it's detected in the United States.


The Foreign Office has verified that over 500 Pakistani community members, mostly students, in Wuhan, and in other cities of China, “all are safe” from the virus. Coronavirus has killed a large number of people in China.

As a precautionary measure, the government has installed thermal scanners at all major airports of the country, including Wagah border crossing. To examine the travelers to stop the fast-moving virus.

Coronaviruses are transmitted from animals and people. The novel strain is linked to a market in Wuhan that soled seafood and live animals, including wild species. The Chinese government announced its banning and sales of wild animals.

The virus has taken 56 lives in China so far and has infected hundreds of other people in China and now it’s detected in the United States.

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Foreign Office spokesperson Aisha Farooqui said in a statement, “This ministry and the Pakistan Embassy in China are actively monitoring the situation of coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China. The Embassy in Beijing and other sub-Missions in China are also in touch with the Pakistani community as well as Chinese authorities,”

Novel coronavirus with animal origin has to date caused at least 2,000 cases and 56 deaths in China. Other countries, including Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, the United States, France, and Australia, have also reported a few confirmed cases with travel history from China.

National Institute of Health (NIH) in Islamabad is examining coronaviruses closely, the virus can be confirmed by excluding other types. “We are in touch with Chinese authorities, and kits to test for novel coronavirus will be received in a few days.”

There was no vaccination or specific antiviral treatment for respiratory illness. There is no recommendation for restricting international travel or trade.

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