According to a report by Dawn, these suspected patients (all of them pilgrims returning from Iran), including women, had entered Pakistan from Iran through Taftan border with history of flu, fever and cough. They were shifted to DG Khan two days back where a university had been converted into a quarantine facility. A high-alert caution had been issued in DG Khan, while several health department teams were dispatched to the southern city to isolate the patients.
These 780 suspected patients belonged to various cities of Punjab, he said, adding that the health teams obtained samples of 50 of them and sent these to the National Institute of Health (NIH), Islamabad, for analysis. Quoting the doctors handling them, the report said there was a high probability that most of them might test positive for the virus.The health teams would send samples of others in batches to the NIH and the entire diagnostic process would complete within 24 hours, the report added.