Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran tests positive for Covid-19
Zulfiqar Baig-Pakistan: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, confirmed Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Health Services Dr Faisal Sultan on Saturday.
The news comes two days after the premier was vaccinated against the virus. However, the premier had received his first dose and not the second jab for the vaccine. Dr Sultan added that the premier is now isolating at home.
The Ministry of National Health Services also clarified that the premier was “not fully vaccinated” when he contracted the virus. The ministry added that only the first dose was administered, which is “too soon for any vaccine to become effective”.
It further added that anti-bodies against the virus develop 2-3 weeks after the second dose of the vaccine is administered
Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar also said that it was “certain” that the prime minister was infected prior to vaccination as Covid-19 symptoms appear a few days after exposure to the virus.
Praying for the premier’s health, Umar urged people to vaccinate against the deadly pandemic.
PTI Senator Dr Faisal Javed said the prime minister was experiencing “mild symptoms” and will continue to work from home while remaining in isolation.
At the time of his vaccination, the premier had appealed to the nation to ensure full implementation of SOPs in view of the third wave of the pandemic.
The regions of Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab have in recent days reported a sharp rise in the number of Covid-19 cases. The UK strain of the virus – more transmittable and reportedly more lethal – is sweeping across these areas as the country grapples with the third wave of the pandemic.