PESHAWAR: Torkham Border has been put on high alert after entry of a suspect coronavirus case from Afghanistan.

According to reports received from Khyber tribal district, a resident of Islamabad having symptoms like that of coronavirus returned from Afghanistan via Torkham border on Thursday.

District Health Officer Tariq Hayat told media that the suspected case has been sent by the Torkham Border officials to Peshawar for special treatment. The patient will be kept in Peshawar for few days and then sent to Islamabad only after his full recovery.

The DHO said screening of all the people entering to Pakistan through Torkham Border is continuing and the border officials have been put on high alert. Two ambulances have been provided at the border which will be present there round the clock for any emergency situation. Further steps will also be taken at the border to enhance vigilance to avoid the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

Tally in Pakistan mounts to 21

Another coronavirus case has been reported from Sindh after which the tally in Pakistan has mounted to 21. Sindh has so far reported 15 coronavirus cases with Karachi being the worst affected city with 14 cases. Gilgit-Baltistan is the second most affected area with five cases and one case has been reported each in Hyderabad and Quetta.

So far, the deadly disease has killed 4,970 people worldwide and over 131,500 are infected.

PSL matches to be played behind closed doors

Amid the coronavirus threat, a tough decision has been taken to play the remaining matches of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Karachi behind the closed doors in the absence of crowd.

The decision has been taken on the request of the Sindh government as the deadly virus is spreading rapidly in Sindh, particularly in Karachi and gathering of so many people in the stadium may be very dangerous and risky at this stage.

In another major step, the Sindh government has also decided to keep the schools shut till May 30 to avoid the spread of coronavirus.

In an encouraging development, 1,500 pilgrims returning from Iran, who have completed their quarantine period, have been discharged from Pakistan House.

Keeping in view the emerging dangerous situation, Prime Minister Imran Khan has convened a meeting of National Security Council today to discuss Pakistan’s response to COVID-19.