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PM Imran tests positive for coronavirus

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, his Special Assistant on National Health Services Dr Faisal Sultan announced today (Saturday).

Taking to Twitter, the special assistant wrote, “PM Imran Khan has tested positive for Covid-19 and is self-isolating at home.” The news comes two days after the premier received his first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Earlier on Thursday, the Prime Minister received the coronavirus jab. PM Imran, on the occasion, stressed the importance of people strictly abiding by coronavirus safety precautions as the country grapples with the third wave of the virus.

The development came as the country grapples with the third wave of the pandemic, with Pakistan’s coronavirus positivity ratio moving up to 9.46% and the country recording 3,876 cases and 42 deaths in the last 24 hours.

It is pertinent to mention here that Pakistan has reported as many as 3,876 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, taking the country’s COVID-19 tally to 623,135.

According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), the country’s death toll climbed to 13,799 after 42 people succumbed to the deadly disease during the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, 1,446 patients recovered from the deadly disease in a day taking the total recoveries to 579,760. The monitoring body further informed that the total active COVID-19 cases across the country were reported to be 29,576.