Foreign Embassy official in Islamabad suspected of contracting novel coronavirus

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Foreign Embassy official in Islamabad suspected of contracting novel coronavirus

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Embassy official in Islamabad suspected of contracting novel coronavirus.

The Embassy of the United States in Pakistan confirmed on Saturday that one of its employees in the capital was suspected of contracting the novel coronavirus.

"We are aware of reports of a COVID-19 case related to an Embassy Islamabad employee. Due to privacy concerns, we are not able to share additional information," a US Embassy spokesperson said in a statement released to the media on Saturday afternoon.

The spokesperson added that the embassy was also aware of another report that another employee of the embassy, who arrived at Islamabad airport on Saturday morning, was showing signs of the illness. "That employee is currently being evaluated," the spokesperson said.

According to the press release, the US Department of State had reaffirmed that it had no greater responsibility than the safety and security of US citizens overseas and locally-employed staff.

"In coordination with Pakistani authorities, the Embassy in Islamabad is implementing all appropriate measures to help control the spread of COVID-19," the spokesperson noted.

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