ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Tuesday said the Pakistani community residing in China was safe from the coronavirus, saying the Foreign Ministry was in constant touch with the embassy in Beijing for lastest updates.
He asked the Pakistani community not to get worried and assured that all precautionary measures are being taken. He also asked the Pakistani students, who are not yet registered with the embassy, to get themselves registered.
The death toll in the coronavirus outbreak has risen to 106, Chinese officials confirmed to CBSNews. There have been 1,291 more confirmed cases, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in China to more than 4,500, officials added.
Meanwhile, Sindh registered at least eight suspected coronavirus cases, a health department document revealed on Tuesday.
The Health Department contacted by Aga Khan University Hospital on January 25 regarding a cluster of suspected coronavirus cases. The director general of Health Services Sindh formed a team with am objective to investigate the suspected cases.
Five of these suspected cases were identified by the AKUH according to the case definition. Three of these suspected cases were identified from a cluster of 27 suspected cases that were reported on January 27. Out of the suspected cases, one case had no travel history to China (contact with Chinese nationality persons), seven had travel history from China during January 2020, and one had travel history from China during June 2019.
All suspected cases had flu-like symptoms. Seven were employed at Karachi Nuclear Power Plant (KANUPP). One left against medical advice (LAMA) and four were discharged. Two suspected cases were defined as “not a case” as per the case definition.
Earlier on Sunday, the Foreign Office had said that over 500 students and other Pakistanis living in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the virus is believed to have originated, and other parts of China are “safe”.
“There is no report of infection in any Pakistani community member thus far,” the FO said in a statement, adding that the Pakistani community has been reassured of full support and requested to follow health protocols issued by the Chinese authorities and stay indoors.
It said the foreign affairs ministry and the Pakistan Embassy in China are “actively monitoring the situation” of the virus outbreak, adding that the embassy in Beijing and other sub-missions in China are also in touch with the Pakistani community as well as Chinese authorities.