Pakistan temporarily suspended six officials after posing for a selfie with a coronavirus patient at a quarantine center, an official said on Tuesday. Selfie, broadcast on social media, portrayed a group of men around an obvious patient, some of them smiled widely and there were no masks on their faces.
The image was taken at a quarantine facility near Sukkur in Sindh province infected with the virus, where to date 399 of 892 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the country. “Six public officials were temporarily suspended and quarantined,” Rana Adeel, deputy commissioner in Sukkur, told AFP.
The commissioner added that six members of the province’s land department had visited a local politician who was quarantined after being infected with a new coronavirus during a visit to Iran. The suspension came as Pakistan continued to block large sections of the country to fight the infection.
Sindh police said more than 700 people have been arrested in the bustling Karachi since Monday when the province announced its closure. There were no infectious diseases in Pakistan, such as polio, tuberculosis, and hepatitis. So far, authorities have confirmed six deaths from coronavirus.