Medical staff stand at the Pakistan-Iran border, which was closed due to the outbreak of coronavirus in Iran, on Tuesday in Taftan, Pakistan. AP
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The first two cases of the novel coronavirus in Pakistan have been confirmed, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza said in a tweet on Wednesday evening.
"I can confirm first two cases of coronavirus in Pakistan. Both cases are being taken care of according to clinical standard protocols & both of them are stable," he wrote.
He further said that “things are under control and there is no need to panic.” Dr Mirza, who is currently in the Pak-Iran border town of Taftan, would hold a presser on Thursday to share details.
Mirza's tweet came moments after the Sindh health department announced that a young man had tested positive for the coronavirus in Karachi city.
The patient has been identified by the Sindh health department as 22-year-old man, who recently flew into Karachi along with his family from Iran where the viral outbreak has killed at least 19 people.
The patient is believed to have contracted the virus in Iran.
He and his family have been placed in quarantine and the health department is in the process of examining all the passengers he has travelled with.
No information was immediately available about the second case identified in Pakistan.
More than 570 people have been infected with the coronavirus across China and Wuhan, the city at the centre of the outbreak, has been placed under effective quarantine.
The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention announced a new case of Coronavirus infection in the country, and added that the patient was stable and under medical care.
Several political leaders and even others, including doctors and researchers, have pinned hope that the virus would not be this deadly with the arrival of summer.
The ministry also announced that 35 cases fully recovered from the virus, after receiving treatment, bringing the total recovered cases to 96.
'The UAE has decided to renew, from today and for a renewable period of two weeks, the suspension of entry of all foreign nationals holding valid UAE residence visa, in a bid to contain the spread the COVID-19 pandemic and to ensure their safety.
The Ministry said a 62-year old Asian expat and a 78-year old GCC national who tested positive for COVID-19 died due to complications related to chronic diseases. This brings death toll to eight.
"Considering the problems of overseas Pakistanis it has been decided that the first flight would land at Islamabad International Airport on April 4. All passengers will be sent in quarantine and tested for COVID-19. Those tested negative will be sent home through special arrangement of transport," Asad Umar said.