Doctor Zafar Mirza briefs media representatives on the novel coronavirus in Islamabad on Wednesday. AFP
Four Pakistani students studying in the Chinese city of Wuhan have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, a government official said on Wednesday.
Addressing a press conference, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Zafar Mirza said that a large proportion of the Pakistanis living in China were students of which over 500 were based in Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak, Dawn news reported.
Mirza however, said that no case of the coronavirus has been confirmed in Pakistan yet.
"There is not even one confirmed case of coronavirus inside Pakistan," he said, adding that there were four individuals suspected of having the virus who were then kept under observation.
Mirza said that their health was improving and as per evidence, they could say with a great degree of certainty that the individuals do not have coronavirus.
The new virus has so far killed 132 people and infected 5,974 in China.
China on Friday said it was wrong to accuse it of sheltering terrorists because it put a technical hold on the resolution to blacklist Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terror group chief Masood Azhar as its decision was in line with the rules of an anti-terrorism panel at the UN.
The AP spoke to seven girls who had been forced to marry Chinese men, four of them still in China. Each described how their new husbands handed them over to paying clients to be raped.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan met Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday for bilateral talks, with the latter saying Beijing considers Islamabad a priority in its diplomacy.
Win-win B2B (Business-to-Business) cooperation and enhanced P2P (People-to-People) contacts should follow the foundational G2G (Government-to-Government) phase of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) to take the historic megadevelopment project to the next level.
Dr Omar Al Hammadi, the official spokesperson for the UAE Government said, “The vaccine is currently given to our first line defenders because they are more vulnerable to infection than others, and to the elderly and people with chronic diseases."
The rally in the city of Multan was held a day after police, on orders from the government, carried out the arrests and banned the gathering, defending the move as necessary to combat the coronavirus pandemic in Pakistan.
UAE President ordered the award of the Fallen Frontline Heroes Order to those who have lost their lives on the frontlines while tackling COVID-19