Coronavirus outbreak: 40 Pakistani students reach Pakistan from China
After temporary suspension of flight operation to the neighboring country, a private airline flight QR 632, carrying 40 Pakistani students stranded in China due to coronavirus, reached Islamabad today (Monday).
The students were allowed to go to their homes after complete medical check-up, the reports said.
Pakistan stopped flights to and from China with immediate effect on Friday, a civil aviation official said, as the death toll from a spreading virus outbreak in China climbed and the World Health Organization declared it a global health emergency.
Earlier, the Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on National Health Services Dr. Zafar Mirza said Pakistan was fully capable of diagnosing coronavirus after China sent about 1,000 kits to Pakistan to detect the deadly illness.
Meanwhile, at Monday, China’s death toll from the coronavirus epidemic soared past 360, with growing global alarm over the outbreak and governments closing their borders to Chinese people.
The fresh toll came one day after China enforced a lockdown on a major city far from the epicenter and Philippines confirmed the first death outside of the world.
Hubei officials, the province at the outbreak epicenter, reported 56 new deaths, with one confirmed in Chongqing’s southwestern megalopolis, which took China’s toll to 361, which surpassed the 349 deaths from the 2002-3 SARS outbreak on the mainland.