Pakistan confirms 5th case after Gilgit-Baltistan woman tests positive
Passengers from China, Iran will be quarantined for 15 days: NDMA
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Tuesday confirmed its fifth case of coronavirus amid strict safety measures to contain the spread in the country.
“We have now fifth confirmed case of COVID19 in federal areas. Patient is stable and is being managed well,” Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health, Dr Zafar Mirza said.
Mirza further requested the media to respect the privacy of the patient and the family.
According to the National Institute of Health (NIH) the patient is a 45-year-old woman from the northern mountainous region of Gilgit Baltistan, who arrived from Iran a few days ago.
An official of the health department said the woman was being treated at a hospital and her family members were being tested for the virus.
Two cases of novel coronavirus have been reported from Karachi, two from federal areas and one from Islamabad.
All of the patients had traveled to Iran where at least 66 people have died from the virus including senior government functionaries with over 1,500, confirmed cases.
The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) on Tuesday said passengers coming to Pakistan from China, Iran and other coronavirus-hit countries will be quarantined for 15 days.
The NDMA spokesperson said the quarantine centre will be ready in one week, and lodging facilities, a dispensary, a cafeteria and other recreational facilities will be available within the premises.
The spokesperson stated that the quarantine centre has been set up as a precautionary measure to manage the outbreak of the coronavirus.
In addition, the NDMA has also established a modern quarantine centre with 300 beds in Islamabad and has obtained three modern scanners – worth Rs20 million – to identify individuals showing higher body temperature on arrival in Pakistan.
The thermal scanners will be installed at various airports across the country.