Prime Minister Imran Khan, who had contracted coronavirus on March 21, has been recovered, said his aide Senator Faisal Javed on Tuesday.

According to the senator, the PM has been fully recovered and has started partially working in line with the doctors’ recommendations.

The premier had contracted coronavirus days after he was administered first dose of the coronavirus vaccine. He had shifted to his Banigala residence after testing positive for the virus. The PM had also come under criticism after he had held meeting with his media team while in self-isolation.

Earlier in the day, Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, the recently removed finance minister, tested positive for COVID-19. Just found out that Dr Hafeez [Shaikh] has tested positive for Covid-19. I pray for his swift recovery and good health,” Minister for Industries and Production Hammad Azhar wrote on Twitter.

Shaikh was removed from his post as finance minister on Monday, over concerns about rising inflation in the country. Also on Monday, President Arif Alvi as well as Defence Minister Pervez Khattak announced they had both tested positive for COVID-19.

Alvi oversaw an annual military parade in Islamabad on March 25, where Khattak was also present. The parade was smaller than in previous years over COVID-19 fears, but some 5,000 people still attended, including senior civilian officials as well as the heads of Pakistan’s armed forces.

Pakistan recorded 100 deaths in the last 24 hours, and 4,084 new infections, with a national positivity rate of 8.8 per cent – meaning for every 100 individuals tested, 8.8 per cent tested positive for coronavirus.

The country has recorded 14,356 deaths and 663,200 infections since the pandemic began. Around two-thirds of ventilators and 80 per cent of oxygenated beds are occupied in hospitals in major cities, according to officials quoted by Reuters.


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