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Pakistan says four of its students in China affected from coronavirus.

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Pakistan says four of it’s students in the Chinese city of Wuhan are diagnosed with coronavirus.

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SHOTLIST: ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (JANUARY 29, 2020) (VNA – ACCESS ALL)

  1. SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO PRIME MINISTER ON HEALTH DR ZAFAR MIRZA, SPEAKING AT NEWS CONFERENCE
  2. VARIOUS OF JOURNALISTS
  3. (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO PRIME MINISTER ON HEALTH, DR ZAFAR MIRZA, SAYING: “Our four students in China have been confirmed with coronavirus. I repeat; our four students in China, who had such symptoms, have been tested positive with coronavirus. It means four Pakistanis are suffering with confirmed coronavirus disease. They belong to Wuhan.”
  4. REPORTERS
  5. (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO PRIME MINISTER ON HEALTH, DR ZAFAR MIRZA, SAYING: “On behalf of prime minister Imran Khan, I want to assure the families of these students in Pakistan that we are not only responsible for medical treatment of these students but we are responsible for to take care of all Pakistani nationals living in China. We will take care of them like our own children.”
  6. VARIOUS OF JOURNALISTS

STORY: Pakistan’s health authorities said on Wednesday (January 29) that four of it’s students in the Chinese city of Wuhan were diagnosed with coronavirus.

Holding a news conference in the capital Islamabad, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza said that a large number of the Pakistanis living in China are students of which over 500 students are based in the central city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the new virus.

“Our four students in China have been confirmed with coronavirus. I repeat; our four students in China, who had such symptoms, have been tested positive with coronavirus. It means four Pakistanis are suffering with confirmed coronavirus disease. They belong to Wuhan,”he told reporters.

On Prime Minister Imran Khan’s behalf, Mirza assured the families of the children that they will act a responsible government.

“On behalf of prime minister Imran Khan, I want to assure the families of these students in Pakistan that we are not only responsible for medical treatment of these students but we are responsible for to take care of all Pakistani nationals living in China. We will take care of them like our own children,”he said.

Mirza, however, said that no case of the coronavirus has been confirmed in Pakistan yet.

He said there were four individuals suspected of having the virus who were then kept under observation and their samples were collected.

Mirza said that their health was improving and per the evidence, they could say with a great degree of certainty that the individuals do not have coronavirus.

The premier’s special assistant added that the cabinet had also discussed the virus during which he had presented a short briefing.

The new virus has killed 132 people and infected more than 6,000 in mainland China and abroad so far.

The infection is believed to have originated in a wild animal market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where it jumped to humans before spreading rapidly across the country, prompting authorities to enact drastic nationwide travel restrictions in recent days.

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