LAHORE         -         The number of individuals suspected to have contracted the deadly Coronavirus has risen to five in Pakistan, with three of them admitted to the Services Hospital in Lahore, and two of them admitted to the Nishtar Hospital in Multan.

According to latest updates available with the media, one of the two patients at the Nishtar Hospital was Pakistani.

The three persons admitted to the Services Hospital were Chinese, hailing from Wuhan, the epicenter of the Coronavirus outbreak, and their relevant samples had been sent to a laboratory in Hong Kong for confirmation if the patients contracted Coronavirus or not before their treatment could be started.

Treatment could be initiated only after their medical reports were received within 24 to 48 hours, sources told the media. All suspected patients were kept in isolation and intensive care to keep the possible spread of the virus.

The death toll from a Coronavirus outbreak in China rose to 81 on Monday, as the government extended the Lunar New Year holiday and more big businesses shut down or told staff to work from home in an effort to curb the spread.