ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis Syed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari has rejected the British media reports as baseless and misleading which claimed that the UK has imported half of coronavirus cases from Pakistan.
In a press release, he said the pandemic hit the UK in start of February, while it reached Pakistan by end of the same month.
He said there was not even a single case of coronavirus in Pakistan before it was reported in the United Kingdom.
The special assistant said the UK-based publications including The Telegraph, The Sun and Daily Mail have done cheap and non-professional reporting by linking the spread of virus in UK with Pakistan.
Citing the research study of Oxford University, he said the UK has imported most of coronavirus cases from other countries including France, Italy and Spain.
At least 100,802 patients have so far recovered from coronavirus disease in Pakistan as of on Wednesday.
4,133 new coronavirus cases have surfaced in the country over the last twenty-four hours, taking the total tally to 213,470.
These include 76262 in Punjab, 84640 in Sindh, 26598 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 10476 in Balochistan, 12912 in Islamabad, 1489 in Gilgit-Baltistan and 1093 in Azad Kashmir.
The death toll from the virus stands at 4,395 with 91 deaths reported over the last twenty-four hours. 22,418 corona tests were carried out during this period. 2,741 people are in critical condition.