WHO declares coronavirus outbreak as ‘pandemic’
Pakistani man dies of Covid-19 in Italy
Gilgit-Baltistan reports 2nd case
ISLAMABAD: The World Health Organisation sees the outbreak of the new coronavirus as a pandemic, Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday.
“We are deeply concerned both by the alarming levels of spread and severity and by the alarming levels of inaction. We have therefore made the assessment that COVID-19 can be characterised as a pandemic,” he told a news conference.
Four countries account for 93% of the nearly 110,000 cases worldwide, Tedros said. “We are encouraged that Italy is taking aggressive measures to contain its epidemic and we hope that those measures prove effective in the coming days,” he added.
Meanwhile, a Pakistani man who had been living in Italy for the past several years has died after testing positive for the coronavirus, the Foreign Office spokesperson confirmed on Wednesday.
The 65-year-old, Imtiaz Ahmad died in the city of Brescia, some 100km from Milan, where the deceased used to live.
FO spokesperson Ayesha Farooqi said Pakistani and Italian authorities are in touch regarding repatriating the body to Pakistan.
Earlier, Gigit-Baltistan reported its second coronavirus case on Wednesday, a spokesperson for the GB government, Faizullah Firaq, said. According to the spokesperson, the patient, a 14-year-old, hails from Skardu.
They are under treatment at City Hospital in Skardu. The confirmation takes the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Pakistan to 20.
Earlier in the day, a three-member team from the National Institute of Health (NIH) had reached Skardu, where they met with the Gilgit-Baltistan secretary.
The meeting discussed the precautionary measures that can be taken to combat the coronavirus. The GB spokesman said that the NIH experts will train local health officials.