Islamabad (Agencies): Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday telephoned Chinese President Xi Jinping to expressed Pakistan’s unequivocal solidarity in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
Prime Minister @ImranKhanPTI’s Telephone Conversation with President Xi JinpingFebruary 20, 2020
“Prime Minister conveyed his heartfelt condolences over the precious lives lost due to the outbreak of the virus,” said a press release issued by the prime minister's office. The PM also expressed Pakistan's "unequivocal solidarity with the Chinese leadership and people in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak", the statement added.
Conveying his condolences over the lives lost due to the outbreak, the prime minister praised the efforts taken by China for containing and controlling the spread of the virus, adding that the timely, effective and far-reaching measures taken by China were being acknowledged globally, the statement said. It added that Imran, once again, emphasised on Pakistan's offer to send a field hospital, along with a team of doctors, to China.
The death toll from the outbreak jumped to 2,118 on Thursday after 114 new deaths were reported – most in Hubei province, the hard-hit epicentre of the outbreak. However, China reported the biggest drop in new cases from coronavirus in nearly a month.