QUETTA: The fifth case of the coronavirus disease was recently confirmed in Pakistan. The new patient was identified as a 45-year-old female resident of Gilgit Baltistan (GB). Her samples, referred to the National Institute of Health, Islamabad, from the Gilgit district hospital on Saturday, tested positive.
According to sources, the patient has been admitted to an isolated ward of the hospital. It also emerged that three of the five Pakistani patients belong to Gilgit-Baltistan while the rest to Karachi.
According to health officials, samples of at least 12 suspected patients have been sent to the NIH Islamabad for the coronavirus test. The GB health department lacked facilities to conduct such tests, as per sources.