Coronavirus testing being conducted for free in Pakistan: Dr Zafar Mirza

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Islamabad: Dr. Zafar Mirza, special assistant to the Prime Minister of Health, said on Saturday that diagnostic tests for the new coronavirus will be conducted for free in Pakistan.

“Throughout the country, diagnostic tests of the coronavirus are being carried out free,” he said, pointing out that eight government laboratories had been provided coronavirus kits.

Dr. Mirza said the kits are provided free to labs and that there is no cost for coronavirus testing. “Pakistan is one of the few countries in the world that can produce its coronavirus package,” he said.

The prime minister’s special assistant said 25 hospitals across the country were designated to treat patients with the virus.

His statement comes shortly after Pakistan reported two new cases of the infection, taking the tally of infected persons throughout the country to 30. A woman in Islamabad, who had recently arrived from the US, was diagnosed with the virus. The second case of the virus has emerged in Karachi, taking the tally of infected persons to 16 in the province.

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