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Painful and tiresome Swat’s first recovered patient recalls encounter with coronavirus

Junaid Khan was shocked to learn that he had tested positive for the novel covid-19

He developed symptoms on March 28 after returning to his hometown in Swat from Karachi, but had no foreign travel history. He also does not recall coming into contact with a coronavirus positive person and, curiously enough, the relatives he lived with in Karachi tested negative.

When it was confirmed that he indeed had the virus, Khan was admitted to Saidu Teaching Hospital (STH) on March 30. Nine days later, on Wednesday, he became the first patient in Swat to have recovered from the covid-19.

STH Medical Superintendent Dr Naeem Awan confirmed that Khan had contracted coronavirus in Karachi and fully recovered from the disease after 9 days.

2 days ago he tested negative after which we sent his sample for a second test which too came negative today,” he said.

Before going home, he stressed that everyone must follow the guidelines issued by the government in order to save themselves and others from the deadly coronavirus, which has so far killed 18 people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and infected 527.

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