New Zealand became the first country last week to get rid of the global pandemic. However, the happiness didn’t stay for too long. Two women who flew to the island country from London to see a dying parent tested positive for COVID-19 last week. Now, a 60-year-old Pakistani man has tested positive in the country and the entire Pakistani nation on social media is feeling sorry.
New Zealand President Jacinda Ardern enjoyed enormous popularity for her success at ridding the country of coronavirus infection. Also, she became an inspiration for many when she stood for Muslims after the Christchurch mosque attack.
A man who flew from Pakistan to New Zealand tested positive for the coronavirus this week. He became the country’s third reported case in a matter of days, NZ health officials said Thursday. The Pakistani man, in his 60s, arrived in Auckland from Pakistan on June 13 on Flight NZ124, transiting through Doha and Melbourne.
Officials are contacting all passengers on the flight and have alerted overseas counterparts for the other flights.
According to foreign media reports, on Monday, the man developed symptoms of COVID-19 and was transferred to a quarantine facility, the ministry said. He was tested Tuesday and the results came back positive the next day.
Pakistanis feel ‘sorry’ for New Zealand
Soon after the news broke, Pakistanis took to Twitter and expressed their disappointment. Everyone was in awe when NZ beat the deadly pandemic. Now, because of a Pakistani, the pandemic is likely to spread in the country once again.
On the other hand, some felt that it’s not about being apologetic for something which can’t be controlled.
I can report that Pakistanis are very upset about our latest new case. Don't worry guys, he's in quarantine and wore a mask on his flight! We're all good! pic.twitter.com/EcRH8utEmu
— Kristin Hall (@kristinhallNZ) June 18, 2020
We're sorry once more for causing such trouble. Hope everything goes back to normal again!
— Uneeza Qureshi (@UneezaQureshi) June 19, 2020
Love for New Zealand. Ppl not just in Pakistan but all over the world were so glad that there was finally a good news when Jacinda Ardern declared NZ as pandemic-free country. God bless, Amen.
— Waqas Mahmood Dogar (@WaqasMahmoodAli) June 19, 2020
As a Pakistani, it's so embarrassing to see the way these apologists are behaving for no reason at all. He entered NZ through Aus. Secondly, why even before he reached NZ, 2 COVID-19+ women were released to attend a funeral in NZ. This is results of the incompetency of NZ Govt.
— محمد ولید مغل 🇵🇰 (@Mohd_Waleed) June 19, 2020
I don't understand why Pakistanis are apologising. It's not like the poor man did anything wrong. He followed all the protocols and is in quarantine. This virus is everywhere and no single individual can be blamed for getting it. Thank you for clarifying this ☺️
— Awais Khan (@AwaisKhanAuthor) June 19, 2020
The country has now once again imposed restriction and requires all people arriving from abroad to quarantine for 14 days to avoid reintroducing the disease.
However, in Pakistan, the coronavirus cases have been surging with each passing day. The country has already surpassed China in coronavirus cases.
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