ISLAMABAD, (MANEND NEWS): Prime Minister Imran Khan has tested
positive for Covid-19 here on Saturday.
Confirming this in a tweet, Special Assistant to PM on National Health
Services, Regulations and Coordination Dr. Faisal Sultan said the Prime
Minister has self-isolated himself at home.
“PM Imran Khan has tested positive for Covid-19 and is self isolating at
home” Dr. Faisal Sultan tweeted.
The PM Office, too, confirmed on Twitter that PM Khan has tested
positive for coronavirus with a short dua from the Quran. “And when I
am ill, it is He Who cures me.(Qur’an 26:80). Prime Minister Imran
Khan has tested positive for Covid-19 and is self isolating at home” PM
According to a private TV channel, PM Imran Khan has self-isolated at
his Bani Gala residence. Meanwhile the tests of coronavirus of the
ministers and other officials who held meetings with the prime minister
on Friday are also being conducted.
Meanwhile Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad
Chaudhry, in a tweet, said “Whole nation is praying for recovery of
their beloved leader.”
Special Assistant to PM on Political Communication Dr. Shahbaz Gill
said that Imran Khan is experiencing mild symptoms of COVID-19 and
has low fever. He prayed for his speedy recovery and said that public
will kept updated about health of the prime minister.
Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad
Umar said that the premier is perfectly fine and he was infected with
the virus before receiving the COVID vaccine jab.
He further said that the UK variant of the COVID-19 is spreading
sharply and urged the masses to ensure strict adherence to the
Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). He added that government will
also impose a ban on flights from South Africa and Brazil.
Federal Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed, in a tweet, wished him
speedy recovery and said that whole nation is praying for him.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi prayed for the good health of
PM Imran Khan.
Minister for Maritime Affairs Seyd Ali Haider Zaidi said that the premier
will recover soon and be back to work “in a flash”.
Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Ahmed Khan Buzdar prayed for
PM Imran’s speedy recovery but also urged citizens to remain cautious
in light of a third Covid spike. “Recent spike in #Covid-19 cases and
positivity rate is alarming and we all need to be extra careful and
strictly follow safety protocols!!”
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health and Finance Minister Taimur Saleem Khan
Jhagra said: “Prayers for the speedy recovery of the Prime Minister
Imran Khan. This country needs you.”
Minister for Industries and Production Barrister Muhammad Hammad
Azhar also offered prayers for the premier’s speedy recovery. The
minister also took the time to dispel rumours floating around the
premier’s inoculation. “The vaccine develops more than 80 per cent
immunity two weeks after the second injection.
“Further, no cabinet minister, including the prime minister, nor any of
their relatives jumped the queue or violated the priority order to
receive the vaccine,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Nation Health Services clarified that the
premier was not “fully vaccinated” when he contracted the virus. “He
only got the first dose merely two days ago which is too soon for ANY
vaccine to become effective. Antibodies develop 2-3 weeks after the
second dose of 2-dose Covid vaccines,” it said.
It is worth mentioning here that the Prime Minister inaugurated a
housing project in Islamabad on the same day he got vaccinated. His
aide on Overseas Pakistanis Zulfi Bukhari was among the government
officials attending the event.
After that, PM Khan also met the Kuwait foreign minister. He
exchanged documents with the Kuwait FM.
On Friday, the premier had visited Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where he
toured Malakand University, inaugurated a new academic block and
addressed a gathering of students. He had also visited the Swat
Motorway, where he inaugurated the Swat Expressway Tunnels.
While addressing a press conference on Saturday, Special Assistant to
Pm on National Health Services Dr. Faisal Sultan has said that the
COVID positivity ratio has doubled from four point fifty percent to nine
point fifty percent in the last few days. He said this is an alarming
situation which is increasing burden on our healthcare system.
Dr. Faisal Sultan said the pressure is especially being seen on the
health infrastructure in major cities of Punjab, Islamabad and
Peshawar. The Special Assistant said it is our collective responsibility
to fully comply with the SOPs to cope with the challenge.
He advised the people to wear masks and ensure social distancing and
the wedding events should also be organized in open air with the
minimum possible guests.
Regarding vaccination, the Special Assistant said the process is
continuing and people aged over seventy years can get vaccination
shots without any appointment.
Dr. Faisal Sultan said two consignments of vaccine purchased by
Pakistan will also arrive in the country by the end of this month.