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94 coronavirus cases reported so far, says Dr Zafar

March 16, 2020 07:50 PM


Dr Zafar Mirza, the special assistant to the prime minister on health, on Monday claimed that the total number of coronavirus cases in the country currently stood at 94.

However, it contradicts the figures shared by Sindh and others, as 24NewsHD reported that the tally stood at 136, which included cases from different administrative units – Sindh 103, Balochistan eight, Punjab two and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 15. The remaining eight patients are reported from Gilgit-Baltistan and Islamabad.

Addressing a press conference, Mirza said the decisions taken by the National Security Council were being implemented.

He said the government was providing diagnostic kits to 14 labs in different cities; resultantly, free-of-cost tests were being conducted at those facilities.

Mirza said there were reports of some private labs charging huge fees for coronavirus tests. Discussions were being held with them so that a suitable amount could be fixed for the purpose.

The special assistant said the prime minister was keeping a close eye on the situation, as he assured the people of taking all the necessary actions. The prime minister would soon address the nation on the issue, he added.

He said people should opt for tests only if they had symptoms, adding that unnecessary testing would result in wasting the kits.



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