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President Alvi, Defence Minister Pervez Khattak test positive for coronavirus

ISLAMABAD: President Arif Alvi and Defence Minister Pervez Khattak have tested positive for COVID-19, days after the former got the first dose of the anti-COVID jab.

President Arif Alvi took to Twitter today and announced that he has tested positive for coronavirus. The president said that he tested positive for the virus after getting the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, adding that he was due for a second one.

“I have tested positive for Covid-19. May Allah have mercy on all Covid affectees. Had 1st dose of vaccine، but antibodies start developing after 2nd dose that was due in a week. Please continue to be careful,” he tweeted.

Defence Minister Pervez Khattak has also tested positive for the deadly infection. The announcement in this regard was made by Governor Sindh Imran Ismail.

It is pertinent to mention here that on March 20, Prime Minister Imran Khan also tested positive for the infection. However, SAPM Dr. Faisal Sultan yesterday said that PM Imran Khan has made a steady recovery from COVID-19 and has been advised that he could resume his work.

Faisal Sultan took to Twiter, saying “PM Imran Khan has made steady clinical recovery from Covid and his lab parameters have remained stable.”

He further shared that Imran Khan has been advised that he may resume work and build up his work routine over the next few days. “This is in line with national and int’l guidelines,” he said besides also sharing the guidelines.

Pakistan recorded 4,525 cases from COVID-19 as the situation worsens from the novel coronavirus and the government tightens restrictions and violations of safety precautions.

According to the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), the coronavirus has claimed 41 more lives across the country during the past 24 hours as the overall death toll reaches 14,256.

The total number of cases recorded in the country ever since the pandemic began has crossed reached 658,116.  The total count of active cases is 46,663 while 3,055 are in critical condition. The positivity rate has increased and now stands at 11.2 percent.