QUETTA (News Desk): Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah and his Balochistan counterpart Jam Kamal Khan Alyani on Friday decided to adopt a joint strategy for exchanging information about cooperation, prevention, safety and precautionary measures against coronavirus. In a meeting, they discussed coronavirus safety measures taken by the two province, including screening of pilgrims coming from Iran. They termed coronavirus a national issue and agreed to work jointly to fight its impact. They informed each other about precautionary measures taken by their respective governments to stop spread of the virus to other parts of the country. Talking to the Sindh chief minister, the Balochistan chief minister said that pilgrims and other people returning from Iran would remain confined to isolation wards for 14 days at the Pak-Iran border town of Taftan. “Pilgrims coming from Iran are being kept for 14 days at the Pakistan House at the Pak-Iran border town of Taftan as a precautionary measure to stop the virus from spreading to other parts of the country. All required facilities for pilgrims’ screening and medical tests have been provided there besides all basic amenities to facilitate pilgrims and other people,” Mr Alyani said. Both the chief ministers decided to jointly work for the safe and timely return of all pilgrims and businessmen of Sindh coming from Iran via the Taftan border. Mr Shah informed Mr Alyani that recently over 2,300 pilgrims and other people had returned from Iran and China and authorities concerned had contacted all of them and their screening and other related tests had been carried out. “A newly-constructed 140-bed hospital of Karachi has been converted into quarantine facility meant only for Coronavirus-related patients,” the Sindh chief minister informed his Balochistan counterpart. Interior Minister Ejaz Shah has said the federal government will extend all-out help and cooperation to the Balochistan government to deal with the situation created after the return of pilgrims from Iran where coronavirus has left over 100 people dead. Speaking at a press conference after a day-long visit to the provincial capital on Friday, he said the purpose of his trip was to review the preventive measures taken by the federal and provincial governments and the departments concerned in Balochistan. “The federal government has provided maximum possible assistance to the Balochistan government to tackle the hazard of novel coronavirus and both the governments are jointly working to face this challenge,” Mr Shah said. He said the federal government had decided to equip Balochistan with all machineries and resources in order to carry out screening of pilgrims returning from Iran, while health facilities would be ensured at Taftan border. In reply to a question about returning of Pakistani students stranded in virus-hit China, Mr Shah Prime Minister Imran Khan had chaired various meetings regarding safe return of the Pakistani students, while a federal minister was keenly monitoring the situation and periodically informing the premier. However, the impact of the prevailing outbreak on the country’s economy is estimated between $61m and $16.23m losses depending on how the situation evolves ranging from the worst to the best possible scenario. The Manila-based lending agency clarified that such an analysis was for illustrative purposes and should not be interpreted as predictions that an outbreak would actually occur. Rather they were meant to guide policymakers in determining how costly an outbreak might be so that they could properly evaluate the benefits and costs of prevention and early response, it explained. The ADB said depending on how the outbreak evolved, the magnitude of economic losses in the developing Asian economies would range between $77bn and $347bn or from 0.1pc to 0.4pc of the global GDP. China alone could face about $103bn of these losses or 0.8pc of its GDP, it estimated. This significant impact on developing Asia would be through numerous channels, including sharp declines in domestic demand, lower tourism and business travel, trade and production linkages, supply disruptions, and health effects. According to ADB’s “The Economic Impact of the COVID-19 Outbreak on Developing Asia”. In hypothetically worst scenario of COVID-19 significant outbreak within the country, Pakistan could suffer $4.95bn losses including $1.56bn in the agriculture, mining and quarrying sectors, $1.95bn in business and trade and $1.5bn in manufacturing, transport and hotel services.