Pakistan confirmed two cases of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday as the deadly infection reached the country.
"I can confirm first two cases of coronavirus in Pakistan. Both cases are being taken care of according to clinical standard protocols & both of them are stable," Dr Zafar Mirza, the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health, tweeted. He said there was "no need to panic" as the "things are under control."
Mirza said that he was currently at the country's Taftan border crossing with Iran and would return to Islamabad on Thursday and address a press conference.
His tweet came moments after the Sindh health department said that a 22-year young man had tested positive for the coronavirus in Karachi.