The Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar has tested positive for COVID-19. In a tweet, Umar said he just got his test result and it is positive and will be isolating at home.

The National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) head is among several politicians to have tested positive for COVID-19. PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, Sindh Governor Imran Ismail, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Minister Taimur Khan Jhagra, PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif, National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi also tested positive and have since recovered.

Pakistan’s COVID-19 tally has jumped to 454,673 while the death toll stands at 9,250.

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