Has Pakistan finally been hit by deadly Coronavirus from China?
*ISLAMABAD: *The National Institute of Health (NIH) on Saturday clarified that there was no confirmed case of coronavirus in Pakistan so far.
“However, one suspected case is admitted in isolation in Multan right now. His clinical condition is stable and not seems to be a case of novel coronavirus. Relevant samples have been taken,” a press release issued by the institute stated.
There are no laboratories in Pakistan equipped to diagnose coronavirus and it has approached the authorities in China and The Netherlands to help confirm suspected cases of passengers arriving in the country.
The pathogen that emerged on December 31 in a market in the Chinese city of Wuhan has killed 41 people and infected at least 1,300 so far and also been detected in Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore and the United States.
There are only a few laboratories in the world that can detect 2019-nCoV, a new strain of coronavirus that had not been previously identified in humans and little is known about it.