ANL 33.59 Decreased By ▼ -0.53 (-1.55%)
ASC 15.10 Increased By ▲ 0.30 (2.03%)
ASL 23.70 Decreased By ▼ -0.62 (-2.55%)
AVN 91.40 Increased By ▲ 0.18 (0.2%)
BOP 7.92 Increased By ▲ 0.13 (1.67%)
BYCO 9.91 Decreased By ▼ -0.30 (-2.94%)
DGKC 120.25 Decreased By ▼ -1.25 (-1.03%)
EPCL 53.86 Decreased By ▼ -1.29 (-2.34%)
FCCL 23.83 Decreased By ▼ -0.41 (-1.69%)
FFBL 27.75 Decreased By ▼ -0.35 (-1.25%)
FFL 15.80 Decreased By ▼ -0.36 (-2.23%)
HASCOL 9.44 Decreased By ▼ -0.06 (-0.63%)
HUBC 77.75 Increased By ▲ 0.05 (0.06%)
HUMNL 6.30 Decreased By ▼ -0.17 (-2.63%)
JSCL 20.90 Increased By ▲ 0.50 (2.45%)
KAPCO 39.49 Decreased By ▼ -0.51 (-1.28%)
KEL 3.78 Decreased By ▼ -0.04 (-1.05%)
LOTCHEM 15.75 Decreased By ▼ -0.15 (-0.94%)
MLCF 44.99 Decreased By ▼ -1.16 (-2.51%)
PAEL 34.20 Decreased By ▼ -1.70 (-4.74%)
PIBTL 10.11 Decreased By ▼ -0.04 (-0.39%)
POWER 8.81 Decreased By ▼ -0.33 (-3.61%)
PPL 84.80 Decreased By ▼ -0.40 (-0.47%)
PRL 23.85 Decreased By ▼ -0.45 (-1.85%)
PTC 9.38 Decreased By ▼ -0.12 (-1.26%)
SILK 1.44 Decreased By ▼ -0.01 (-0.69%)
SNGP 40.51 Decreased By ▼ -0.89 (-2.15%)
TRG 171.80 Increased By ▲ 6.79 (4.11%)
UNITY 32.35 Decreased By ▼ -0.30 (-0.92%)
WTL 1.63 Decreased By ▼ -0.10 (-5.78%)
BR100 4,859 Decreased By ▼ -12.69 (-0.26%)
BR30 25,506 Decreased By ▼ -79.3 (-0.31%)
KSE100 45,290 Decreased By ▼ -110.23 (-0.24%)
KSE30 18,516 Decreased By ▼ -16.64 (-0.09%)

Coronavirus
VERY HIGH
Pakistan Deaths
16,600
14824hr
Pakistan Cases
772,381
549924hr
Sindh
274,196
Punjab
276,535
Balochistan
21,127
Islamabad
70,984
KPK
108,462
Pakistan

COVID-19 surfaced in Pakistan after hitting UK first: Zulfikar Bukhari

  • The SAPM said the publications had done cheap and non-professional reporting by linking the rapid spread of virus in the UK with Pakistan.
30 Jun 2020

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development (OP&HRD) Sayed Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari Tuesday said the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19) had surfaced in Pakistan after the pandemic hit the Britain in start of February.

“There was not even a single case of the virus before it reported in the United Kingdom. The pandemic hit the UK in start of February, while it reached Pakistan by end of the same month,” he said while rejecting the British media reports about the virus outbreak in the kingdom.

In a press release, he said the UK-based publications including The Telegraph, The Sun and Daily Mail had published baseless and misleading news stories in which they claimed that the UK had imported half of the coronavirus cases from Pakistan.

“How can it export the virus to the UK when there was not even a single case reported in Pakistan [at that time],” he questioned.

The SAPM said the publications had done cheap and non-professional reporting by linking the rapid spread of virus in the UK with Pakistan.

Several newspapers had given indication that the life of some 1.5 million British-Pakistanis were in danger after publication of such news story.

Citing the research study of the Oxford University, he said the UK had imported most of the coronavirus cases from other countries including France, Italy and Spain.

The global pandemic in the UK had at least 1,300 origins when it came to import of the virus.

He said the UK had reported some 80 per cent of the coroanvirus cases between February 28 and March 29 while Pakistan had closed its airspace in mid-March.

“Nobody was allowed to travel overseas during the closure of airspace by Pakistan,” he added. Zulfikar Bukhari said Pakistan’s airspace was closed when the coronavirus cases witnessed a spike in the UK.