LAHORE: Minister for Education and Professional Training Shafqat Mahmood on Thursday said that he had tested positive for Covid-19 a second time, calling on citizens to follow precautionary measures and standard operating procedures (SOPs).
“I have unfortunately tested positive for coronavirus. My symptoms are mild so far and I feel fine. Hopefully with some rest will recover soon,” the federal minister said in a Tweet.
I have unfortunately tested positive for coronavirus. My symptoms are mild so far and I feel fine. Hopefully with some rest will recover soon. Please continue to take all precautions specially wearing a mask at all times
— Shafqat Mahmood (@Shafqat_Mahmood) January 13, 2022
The education minister also urged the people to take all precautions, especially wearing a mask at all times. The education minister had earlier tested positive for COVID-19 in May 2021.
Earlier on January 6, President Arif Alvi had tested positive for Covid-19 a second time. “I have tested positive for Covid-19 again. Had a sore throat since four to five days and was getting better. Felt mildly feverish for a few hours two nights ago. No other symptoms,” he said on Twitter.
It is pertinent to mention here that the meeting of education ministers from across Pakistan scheduled for today, which was to be chaired by Mehmood, was put off for later.
In the last 24 hours, Pakistan reported more than 3,000 coronavirus cases for the first time since September 15, 2021, the National Command and Operations Centre’s (NCOC) data showed Thursday morning.
The NCOC data showed that the country registered 3,019 more cases in the last 24 hours, taking the overall infections’ tally to 1.31 million. The rise in cases is being driven by the highly transmissible Omicron variant of the coronavirus which has brought a fifth wave of the disease to the country.