Gilgit / Quetta: The total number of people infected with the virus has increased to 5 in the country after another case of Coronavirus has been reported in Pakistan.
The new patient was identified as a 45-year-old resident of Gilgit-Baltistan who was sent to the Islamabad National Institutes of Health from Gilgit District Hospital on Saturday.
After the patient's test came out positive, he was shifted to a hospital-based isolation ward.
Thus, out of the three people infected with the Coronavirus in the country, three are from Gilgit while the remaining 2 are from Karachi.
According to health authorities, Gilgit-Baltistan Health Department does not have virus testing facilities, so samples of 12 suspected coronary virus patients have been sent to the National Institutes of Health Islamabad for diagnosis.
Earlier on Monday evening, the government of Gilgit-Baltistan announced the closure of public and private educational institutions by March 7 as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the virus.
Meanwhile, the Pak-Afghan border in Chaman, Balochistan, was closed for seven days when a Coronavirus case was reported in Afghanistan.
After that, all trade and business activities along the border were suspended while immigration, customs, transport and other related offices were closed.
However, a large number of people unaware of the closure of the border crossing gathered in Chaman and Vash on both sides of the border on Monday, but no one was allowed to come close to friendship.
Those at the border included Afghan patients, including women and children, who wanted to cross the border into Pakistani hospitals for treatment but were not allowed.
In this regard, a security official told that "we have strictly followed orders from the Interior Ministry to close the border with Afghanistan and will not allow anyone to enter Pakistan."
He further said that the Government of Afghanistan was also warned that "there will be no activity on Pak-Afghan border until March 9".
Official sources said that security forces have been deployed at Chaman Bird as well as at other entry points.
Doctors and officials of the Provincial Disaster Management Authority are present at the border, having screened nearly 10,000 people for crossing the border last week to Coronavirus, but no one was affected, a health official said.
Isolation centres have been set up to deal with the situation in Chaman and Fort Abdullah, provincial disaster management authorities said