Back from China, Shah Mehmood in isolation


Islamabad, 18 March 2020 – Talha Akhtar:

Pakistan’s foreign minister on Wednesday went into self-quarantine as a precautionary measure upon returning from an official visit to China, said an official statement.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi Qureshi will also be tested for coronavirus, said the statement by his office.

“Experts have advised that I go into isolation and take a coronavirus test after five days,” Qureshi said, adding that he is also in isolation from his family.

Qureshi, as part of Pakistani President Arif Alvi’s delegation, visited China this Monday and Tuesday to show solidarity with Chinese leadership after the COVID-19 outbreak.

President Arif Alvi, the first head of state to visit Beijing after coronavirus hit the world’s most populous nation, met with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang, and National People’s Congress Chairman Li Zhanshu.

Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar and other top Foreign Ministry officials were also part of the delegation, but so far there has been no official statement saying Alvi or other members of his delegation would go under quarantine.