Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on National Security Dr Moeed Yusuf has categorically rejected the allegation that Pakistan has exported the novel coronavirus to different countries
At a media briefing, he also advised people to behave sensibly and not to travel to Europe without getting Covid-19 test done as it would put the reputation of Pakistan at stake. They should also avoid travelling unnecessarily, he was cited as saying in a report.
Dr Yusuf said there were some instances in which people got themselves tested at unauthorised labs and were found to be negative. However, they tested positive after reaching some countries.
“I suggest people that they should get themselves tested at the labs authorised by the embassies of different countries because otherwise they can be deported.
Recently, there was a hue and cry in the UK that 50 per cent of Covid-19 cases were carried by the people who went there from Pakistan.
The fact of the matter is that only 30 passengers were confirmed to have tested positive in the UK and even it cannot be said with surety that they had carried virus from Pakistan because tests are not conducted at airports of the UK,” he said.
“Who knows if those persons had contracted virus at airports of the UK or while going to their house in cabs. I have talked to the British High Commissioner in Islamabad and he informed [me] that the allegation was levelled in media reports and there was nothing from the government side…”
Similarly, in some other countries only 10 to 12 cases have been detected in people who travelled from Pakistan,” he added.
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