Pakistan reports its fifth coronavirus patient arrived from Iran on February 28
Woman in Gilgit-Baltistan region has come back from Iran in a bus
Residents wear protective facemasks as a prevention measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus at a market in Quetta on February 27, 2020 as Pakistan has detected its first two cases of novel coronavirus. Pakistani authorities were scrambling on February 27 to screen hundreds of people who had recently arrived from Iran, which has emerged as a major hotspot for coronavirus, after Islamabad confirmed its first two infections. / AFP / Banaras KHANDubai: Pakistan has reported its fifth coronavirus case on Tuesday.
According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), the 45-year-old woman from northern mountainous region of Gilgit Baltistan had arrived from Iran in a bus on February 28.
The woman is being treated at a hospital and her family members were being tested for the virus.
This is the fifth reported coronavirus case in Pakistan after two cases were reported in Karachi and two in Islamabad.
All of the patients had travelled to Iran where at least 66 people have died from the virus including senior government functionaries with over 1,500, confirmed cases.
The pandemic has triggered panic around the world after it killed 3,100 people around the world (mostly in China) and affected more than 89,000 around the world.
Gilgit-Baltistan focal person for health Dr Shah Zaman said that Pakistan’s fifth case of coronavirus was a woman who had arrived from Iran.
“We have now fifth confirmed case of Covid-19 in federal areas. Patient is stable and is being managed well,” Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza tweeted.
Mirza requested the media to respect the privacy of the patient and the family.
He added that samples of others who arrived with her on the bus have been collected and so far only she had tested positive for the virus.