ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesperson Aisha Farooqui has said more than 500 students and other Pakistani community members in Wuhan and other parts of China were safe and there was no report of Coronavirus infection in any of the community member.
In a press release, the spokesperson reassured full support to the community and requested them to follow health protocols issued by the Chinese authorities.
She said the foreign ministry and Pakistan Embassy in China were actively monitoring the situation of Coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China.
It further said Pakistani students and community members had been advised to regularly visit the embassy’s website www.pakbj.org and register with the embassy, online.
A 62-year-old doctor had on Jan 25 expired in China’s Central Hospital of Wuhan city after treating coronavirus patients, which had climbed the death toll to 41.
According to reports, 39 people had died in central Hubei province, one in north Hebei province while one in northeast Heilongjiang province, bordering Russia and some 2,000 kilometers (1,200 miles) from Wuhan.
Chinese health authorities had announced that 1,287 confirmed cases of coronavirus including 237 in critical conditions, had been reported in the country on Jan 24.
Cases have been reported in Thailand, Japan, South Korea, US, Taiwan and Japan too.
In an unprecedented quarantine initiative, China has sealed millions of residents near the epicenter of a virus outbreak, shutting down public transport in an eighth city as the death toll from the disease rose to 26.
Hubei’s Wuhan city is known as the hub of the outbreak.
While the World Health Organization has avoided announcing a global emergency following confirmed cases in half a dozen other countries, China extended a lockdown now affecting some 26 million people and cancelled some celebrations of the Lunar New Year to prevent further spread of the disease.