Coronavirus threat: Dr Zafar visits Islamabad airport, monitors screening of passengers

State Minister for Health, Zafar Mirza, inspects passengers at the Islamabad International Airport on January 25, 2020, following an outbreak of the coronavirus in China.

ISLAMABAD, Feb 03 (INP): Special Assistant to Prime Minister on National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Dr Zafar Mirza on Monday has paid a visit to Benazir International Airport in Islamabad.

According to details, the special assistant monitored screening process of the passengers coming to Pakistan from different countries in a wake of coronavirus threat.

On the occasion, Dr Zafar said that strong screening system has been installed at all the airports in Pakistan. We are ready to deal with any kind of emergency situation, he added.

Earlier, Dr Zafar Mirza had expressed satisfaction over protective measures taken by the Chinese government to curb the spread of Wuhan novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

He revealed that the government has formulated a comprehensive plan with the relevant ministries in order to prepare for dealing with the possible spread of the deadly virus in Pakistan.

“The virus has been spreading rapidly with thousands of cases being confirmed daily, and has spread to 27 countries,” he said.

Mr Mirza clarified that the Chinese government has been effectively taking care of Pakistanis in Wuhan, and those measures would prevent the outbreak of virus in other countries.

On the other hand, China’s death toll from the coronavirus epidemic soared past 360 on Monday, with deepening global concern about the outbreak and governments closing their borders to people from China.

The fresh toll came a day after China imposed a lockdown on a major city far from the epicentre and the first fatality outside the country was reported in the Philippines.

Authorities in Hubei, the province at the epicentre of the outbreak, reported 56 new fatalities, with one reported in the southwestern megalopolis of Chongqing. That took the toll in China to 361, exceeding the 349 mainland fatalities from the 2002-3 SARS outbreak.


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