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Maria B's cook tested negative for coronavirus

Maria B's cook tested negative for coronavirus

30-year-old Umar Farooq was admitted to a hospital in Vehari upon arriving where he took another test.
Updated 30 Mar, 2020

Fashion designer Maria B’s cook tested negative for coronavirus on March 26, a few days after he was admitted to the DHQ hospital here, claimed the hospital medical superintendent (MS) on Sunday.

MSDr Faazil told Dawn that the 30-year-old domestic help of the Lahore-based designer had been admitted to the Vehari DHQ Hospital on March 22 after his test for coronavirus from a private lab in Lahore had come out positive.

When the patient returned to his hometown in Mauza Hasan Shah in Mailsi tehsil the same day, security agencies shifted him to the isolation ward of the Vehari DHQ hospital. His blood samples had been sent to the Institute of Public Health lab in Lahore for another test for coronavirus, and the result came out negative on March 26.

Dr Faazil said the patient did not show any symptoms of the virus, adding that he would be discharged from the hospital after report of his last test was received from Lahore in the next 24 hours.

The 30-year-old patient worked as a cook at the residence of the designer in Lahore.

Earlier, Lahore police had arrested Maria B’s husband, Tahir Saeed, for sending their servant home to Vehari on public transport despite him testing positive for coronavirus. Later, Saeed was released on bail.

Dr Faazil further said that nine suspected patients of coronavirus were being treatedat the DHQ hospital’s isolation ward, which had a capacity of 30 beds. He claimed that there was no positive case of the virus in the district yet.

The district administration has set up six quarantine centres in various parts of the district, including Burewala, Vehari, Tibba Sultanpur and Mailsi, with a capacity to accommodate 1,000 patients.

Originally published in Dawn, March 30th, 2020

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Ibrahim Mar 30, 2020 02:53pm
Ye tests hain Ya mazaak?
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A. ALI Mar 30, 2020 02:57pm
Benefits of having money and fame...
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A. ALI Mar 30, 2020 03:04pm
Then why an FIR was registered and her husband got bail ?... cook has been treated and he clears the disease, very good. However, their crime, notwithstanding, must be addressed properly.
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Bakra Mar 30, 2020 03:17pm
Maria B and alikes exposed
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Dr Vikas Jamwal Mar 30, 2020 04:10pm
Maria B will be an international hit brand in the world.
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Naweed Rashid Mar 30, 2020 04:11pm
I cant believe that test from Chughtai lab proves wrong?
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Fatima Mar 30, 2020 04:13pm
Shame on maria b again
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nadeem Mar 30, 2020 05:18pm
If the couple keeps continues the services of this domestic helper then their story and " test report " would be considered valid if not then it would be assumed the magic of power and money worked again.
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fahim mirza Mar 30, 2020 05:21pm
from the time he had it to the time they got hold of him is even more then 14 days if he had it then also its already over with and you will not find trace in 60% of the caes so get it over with
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Bangbang Mar 30, 2020 05:33pm
It must been a Chinese test kit.
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Amir Mar 30, 2020 05:37pm
so whose test are to be believed? are private labs just making money? or government test ineffective.
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Haseeb Mar 30, 2020 05:39pm
Apparently either the lab in Lahore has failed to test correctly or the lab in Vehari and in alternative its just to save Maria B n her Husband from further embarrassment.
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Suhail Mar 30, 2020 05:52pm
Political result!
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Ahmad Mar 30, 2020 05:55pm
It's too late now. It just shows true colours of both husband and wife.
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Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Mar 30, 2020 06:06pm
Who cares?
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Sheikh Mar 30, 2020 06:11pm
Money talks. Everyone knows what happened.
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Farooq Ahmad Mar 30, 2020 06:32pm
Interesting.
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Pragnesh Patel Mar 30, 2020 06:59pm
As of today, Pakistan does not have a reliable test for COVID-19. This is extremely worrisome.
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Truthful Mar 30, 2020 07:11pm
The influential ppl in pak get away like this
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Hassan Ali Mar 30, 2020 07:22pm
Irrespective of test results. What you did was not good, period!
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Hassan Ali Mar 30, 2020 07:30pm
Your true face is revealed. Stop damage control as it is just going to make is worse! Any ways no one has sympathies for you any more.
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oldhabibian Mar 30, 2020 07:35pm
that is great to know/ Out of curiosity, please inform me if it is the the new one that cooks desi or the new one that cooks chinese. Because the old one had covid-19!
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waseem Mar 30, 2020 07:38pm
what the heck. Which private lab tested him Positive ?? An action should be taken against the lab !!! What this Wasim Akram Plus is doing ??
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Barbara Eden Mar 30, 2020 07:54pm
Avoid testing with Chinese faulty kits. Many tested negative later found positive. Stay safe.
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Nouman Mar 30, 2020 08:09pm
How can blood test be taken for Corona? Which private lab is this? Are you mad? There are only a few labs in Pakistan which DO NOT take blood for testing Covid-19.
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Asif Mar 30, 2020 08:17pm
uh oh, another lesson to be not quick to judge. Good for them.
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Bhaijan Mar 30, 2020 08:23pm
Reinstate the cook, and quash the FIR on Maria B family.
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Safi Mar 30, 2020 08:24pm
Quite the twist!
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Fritas Mar 30, 2020 08:30pm
Blood test? why not mouth/nose swabs... one +ve and one -ve (even with swabs) does not mean patient is free from corona
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Sid Mar 30, 2020 09:05pm
Either he recovered or the tests in Pakistan are not of good quality. Either way it doesn’t admonish Maria B and her husband of their selfish behaviour!
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AZAM AKBAR Mar 30, 2020 09:11pm
What is this? One laboratory gives report of POSITIVE. The other laboratory gives report of NEGATIVE. Are the laboratories reliable?
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Ibrahim S Mar 30, 2020 09:30pm
Was the test done by a quick test kit recently developed by local resources.
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Alih Mar 30, 2020 09:52pm
Why are these people given so much importance? Leave it.
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skb Mar 30, 2020 10:04pm
Still, most idiotic and irresponsible coup[le. They should still pay fine and the time wasted for authorities, trying to track the innocent cook. It's better to have false positive then a false negative.
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Ijaz Mar 30, 2020 10:28pm
Yes but they sent the poor man back to his village on public transport believing that he had tested positive. That act alone is unforgivable. It also raises questions about the first test. Something is fishy!
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Captain Mar 30, 2020 11:27pm
Irrespective of negative result her and husbands act is objectionable and irresponsible one result was announced as positive........ at the first time!
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akram Mar 31, 2020 12:27am
He should resign as Maris B's cook.
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Queen Mar 31, 2020 12:43am
This incident sure revealed the true nature of "elites" in our society.
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Moh Mar 31, 2020 02:53am
Glad to see this drama had corona negative ending
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Zaman Mar 31, 2020 03:21am
Time for reflection for all concerned. Was the first test a false positive or is the second one a false negative. What is the veracity of such testing. One has to test the quality and integrity of the testing but also of the response to the test. Luckily he is asymptomatic but a period of quarantine of two weeks is warranted before he is reintegrated. The tests should be standardized and reproducible. The Department of Health or those concerned should assess these blatant inadequacies . Was the response by the Police excessive?
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uzma saeed Mar 31, 2020 03:26am
Feel sorry for Maria B. She went through so much.
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Sumera Mar 31, 2020 03:58am
Whatever now. she has done dirty before.
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Nk Mar 31, 2020 04:12am
Oh! so there is now another twist in this drama.
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Jim Mar 31, 2020 04:12am
Well then send him back ASAP to resume his work at his employer's house! Let’s see if they accept this negative test!
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Gautom Mar 31, 2020 06:06am
Good news for the cook and all the folks that he came in contact with! Someday, someone is going to make a movie about this whole episode. Can’t stop laughing.
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Pakman Mar 31, 2020 06:09am
It does not change the fact that, when the cook was tested positive, he was sent home, instead of being reported and treated. Truly sad.
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Kamran Mar 31, 2020 07:51am
Cook is famous and healthy now, Nida Yaser should invite him in morning show.
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Rubina Aleem Mar 31, 2020 12:30pm
Which test was correct? something fishy here. influence and money plays....
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SS Mar 31, 2020 12:47pm
@Jim Gud one!!
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SS Mar 31, 2020 12:48pm
The plot thickens!!
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Laila Mar 31, 2020 08:25pm
How very convenient. Also from the time symptoms are gone you need to allow 48 hrs of continued observation and quarantine to make sure the patient is indeed safe and symptomfree.
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Captain Mar 31, 2020 10:58pm
@uzma saeed what for ?... she had to face it for her act !
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AJ Apr 01, 2020 09:14am
For those who are confused, the virus usually lasts for 14 days. He tested positive on 26th March, but might have contracted the virus before that. Not surprised to see that he tested negative now.
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