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Saturday Mar 07 2020
Web Desk

Pakistan's first coronavirus patient discharged from hospital after full recovery

Web Desk

KARACHI: The first person who contracted the novel coronavirus in Pakistan last week, was discharged from hospital on Saturday after he recovered completely from the infection. 

The young man, who was the first coronavirus patient from Karachi and Pakistan, was sent home after fully recovering from the virus. On Thursday, Pakistan reported its sixth case of the pandemic. 

Read morePakistan's sixth coronavirus case confirmed, says Dr Zafar Mirza 

Sindh information minister Murtaza Wahab had announced yesterday (Friday) that the patient had recovered from the disease and upon testing negative for the coronavirus one more time, he will be discharged from the hospital. 

"Very happy to inform that the 1st corona virus patient in #Sindh who was being attended to has recovered and his tests have now come out as NEGATIVE. Alhamdolillah," he tweeted. 

Coronavirus spreads to 76 countries 

The virus has entered 76 countries and claimed more than 3,100 deaths and infected over 80,000 people around the world ever since it began spreading from the wet markets of Wuhan in China.

As a precautionary measure, the Sindh government had directed all schools, colleges, universities, tuition centres and other educational institutions to remain closed till March 13.

The provincial government suspended several schools' registrations for remaining open despite the Sindh government's orders.

Dr Mirza had said that two among the five patients affected with the virus were stable and improving with each passing day. He had said that one of the patients would soon be discharged from the hospital.

The federal government is also undertaking measures to contain the virus, which has caused more than 100 deaths in neighbouring Iran. Screening of patients is being conducted at all entry points and airports. Isolation wards in hospitals have been set up to ensure proper medical care is being provided to coronavirus patients.