Pakistan: first novel coronavirus patient fully recovers

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KARACHI: The government officials said on Friday, the first patient of COVID-19 — the mysterious viral pneumonia-like disease caused by the novel coronavirus — in Sindh Pakistan has fully recovered.

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The patient was a young student from a town on the edge of Karachi — would be discharged from the hospital — on Saturday as his third lab test for the novel coronavirus — has come out negative — said by the officials.

“The patient was in isolation — and treatment for the past 10 days and was tested three times. The third test was done this (Friday) morning and it came out negative after which he was cleared by the authorities,” one official told.

The young patient, who is believed to have contracted the virus in the Iranian holy city of Qum, was diagnosed on Feb 26 and subsequently shifted to the isolation ward of a private hospital. He had travelled to the Islamic Republic in a group of 28 pilgrims.

Murad Ali Shah, Sindh Chief Minister who was informed — about the development in a meeting of coronavirus task force in Karachi — congratulated family of the COVID-19 patient and called it a great victory.

The family of the young patient – including his father, mother and sister – were immediately placed in quarantine; but were discharged after their lab tests for the novel coronavirus — came out negative.

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According to the officials said one is recovering fast, while the other is also in a stable condition — the remaining two coronavirus patients in Sindh. It has been advised by The Health authorities — the media against identifying the patients or sharing their personal details.

The progress came a day after the state minister for health — Dr. Zafar Mirza, confirmed a sixth case of the novel coronavirus — the mysterious-virus which originated in a vet market of the central Chinese city of Wuhan and has since then spread to more than 90 countries of the world — killing over 3,400 and infecting over 100,000, mostly in China thus far.