Pakistani health personnel take part in a drill as a preventative measures in Peshawar, Pakistan. AP
Pakistan on Tuesday reported a new coronavirus case, taking the total in the South Asian nation to five since the first cases were confirmed last week, officials said.
"We have now 5th confirmed case of COVID19 in federal areas," Zafar Mirza, the country's health minister said in a tweet early Tuesday morning.
The patient is stable and being managed well, he said, without giving further details.
The local Geo television station said the patient is a 45-year-old woman from the northern mountainous region of Gilgit Baltistan, who arrived from Iran a few days ago.
She is being treated at a hospital in Gilgit, it said, and her family members are being tested for the virus. Local schools have been closed following the confirmation of the infection.
Most of the cases reported so far in Pakistan have a history of travel to Iran.
The southern province of Sindh on Monday extended the closure of all educational institutions following the confirmation of a second coronavirus case in Karachi, the country's largest city.
Pakistan announced its first two cases of COVID19 last Wednesday.
Sayyed Haleem Shah, a Pakistani international PhD student at Tianjin University China, considers himself lucky to witness the steps taken by the Chinese government and its people to combat the coronavirus. He says, “It should indeed be a great source of inspiration for the whole world, once the epidemic is over, that the stories of the unsung heroes will be heard."
"We expect the first 10,000 doses to come on March 25, and 100,000 next month and 200,000 the month after," said Hassan Abbas, an official of AJ Pharma, CanSino's local partner, which will be importing the vaccine.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has continued to perform his work despite being infected with coronavirus and discussed important government matters with the leaders of his party on Thursday.
"I exercised precaution for a whole year. I never went to any wedding or even to a restaurant to eat. I practiced social distancing and kept my mask on for the most part," the premier said, as he began his video message.
They expressed gratitude to the leadership and the health authorities that allowed them to perform Eid prayers this year, as they were not allowed to do so last year due to the pandemic as part of precautionary measures.
Any gatherings of more than five people are not allowed, especially at the major parks such as Al Safa, Zabeel, Al Mamzar, Mishrif, and Al Khor.
The Gulf state had banned the movement of people and vehicles between 7 pm and 4 am on May 8 and also banned commercial activity during the day, which will be permitted.