Amid the coronavirus crisis, Pakistan on Tuesday suspended six civil servants after they posed for a selfie with a colleague who was tested positive for Covid-19. Also Read - Pakistan PM Announces Multi-billion Stimulus Package as Coronavirus Cases Rise to 956
As per officials, six revenue officials had paid a visit to their colleague at his home as a goodwill gesture over his return from pilgrimage after almost a month. The infected man had recently returned from Iran, say reports. Also Read - Pakistan Not Realising COVID19 is a Great Threat: Shoaib Akhtar
The picture taken at a quarantine facility near Sukkur in virus-hit Sindh province, shows a group of men around the patient, and none are seen wearing face masks. Also Read - Coronavirus: Army Called in as COVID-19 Situation Worsens in Pakistan
The picture went viral on social media soon after. See the picture here:
“By that time, he was not showing any symptoms of the virus, neither had complained about any unwellness. As a trend these days, all the six colleagues and the host took a selfie. A few of them later posted that picture on their social media account. When the man tested positive a few days ago, all those who were in contact with him were being spotted and isolated,” an official said.
The suspension comes as Pakistan continued locking down large swathes of the country to battle the pandemic. As of now, the coronavirus pandemic has claimed seven lives and infected over 956 people in Pakistan.