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Pakistan

Web Desk
February 27, 2020

Saeed Ghani says 'will try our best to create awareness' about coronavirus

Pakistan

Web Desk
Thu, Feb 27, 2020
Photo: The News/Files

KARACHI:  Sindh Education Minister Saeed Ghani said Wednesday the provincial government  would "try our best to create awareness about the precautions [against coronavirus] among the people."

Speaking to Geo News, Ghani explained  that in addition, hostels near and outside Karachi would be evacuated and directed the city's commissioner, Iftikhar Ali Shallwani, to ensure that the task was carried out.

If the number of coronavirus patients rose, then those hostels would be utilised as isolation camps and quarantine facilities, he added.

"The panic over the virus and the speed at which the number of cases is growing, it is obvious that we cannot accommodate patients in all the hospitals,” he said. "May God not take us to such a stage but, if need be, the provincial government will distribute masks to citizens.

Coronavirus was not a disease that took lives immediately, he added.

'No need to panic'

Earlier today, Ghani had announced the closure of all schools across Sindh on Thursday and Friday (Feb 27-28) as "a preventive measure". The move came moments after Balochistan announced the same but till March 15.

Late Wednesday, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza had confirmed that two coronavirus cases were reported in Pakistan. "Both cases are being taken care of according to clinical standard protocols & both of them are stable," he had said.

Dr Mirza had also emphasised that there was "no need to panic [as] things are under control" and that no one should "share information of the patient".

The patient in Karachi, as well as his family, was immediately placed in quarantine at a private hospital on the National Stadium Road while the one in Islamabad was moved to the capital's Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS).