Dr Mirza Denies Rumours Regarding Concealing Coronavirus Cases [AbbTakk] 04 Mar, 2020

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza on Wednesday dismissed rumours that the number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan were being understated due to the ongoing Pakistan Super League matches.Speaking to media in Rawalpindi, Mirza said rumours of a higher number of confirmed cases in the country were “100 per cent untrue”.In response to a question that the actual number of cases was around 250, Mirza said: “This is 100pc untrue. In fact, it is 200pc untrue.”The fifth edition of PSL kicked off on February 20 and is scheduled to continue till March 22 with matches in numerous cities including Karachi, Multan, Rawalpindi and Lahore.
So far, five cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the country — three in the federal areas and two in Karachi.Mirza today said standard operating procedures (SOPs) regarding the coronavirus were working well and needed to be further strengthened.“Our simple policy is working so far, [it] is working very well and it needs to be further strengthened.“We need to prepare ourselves for a worst-case scenario but we should hope for the best,” he said, adding that the result of the coordinated efforts — both at the federal and provincial levels — would have a positive result.

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