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Pakistan's fragile health care system raises coronavirus anxiety

People angered by weak quarantine procedures and inadequate testing

Rescue workers wearing masks and protective clothing check a man's temperature during a mock drill on handling suspected carriers of coronavirus in Peshawar, Pakistan on March 2.   © Reuters

KARACHI -- Pakistan's fragile health care system has increased fears about the spread of the new coronavirus, which was recently labeled a pandemic by the World Health Organization.

As of Thursday, 21 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the country. All the patients had recently traveled abroad, with the majority having visited Iran on a pilgrimage, according to the Pakistan government.

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