Most coronavirus infection cases in Pakistan have Iran travel history: Dr Mirza

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ISLAMABAD: Most of the Coronavirus infection cases found in Pakistan has Iran travel history, said Dr Zafar Mirza, Special Assistant to PM on Health, while talking to media.

Nearly 80 per cent of officially confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Pakistan have earlier traveled to Iran, Dr Mirza said, adding that gender-dis-aggregated data indicates that 63 per cent of the confirmed patients in the country are men and 33 per cent are women.

Dr Mirza noted that there has been a marked increase in confirmed cases in the country over the past few days. He confirmed seven deaths; however, with Punjab reporting another death later in the day, the number has risen to seven.

The federal authorities and Balochistan government have been blamed for insufficient measures at Taftan quarantine centres where most of the pilgrims were kept in unhealthy conditions and were not screened properly before being allowed to leave.

Urging the public to act responsibly by practising social distancing, Dr Mirza said the federal and provincial governments, assisted by the Pakistan Army, are taking strict measures to restrict the unnecessary movement of people in the hope of interrupting the further spread of the disease and achieving a progressive decline in cases.

He said new strategies are being employed as the situation evolves.

Read more: Number of COVOD-19 infections surges to 1,000 with seven fatalities

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