The Planning Minister and the government’s top men for controlling Covid-19 in the country Asad Umar has tested positive for Covid-19, the leader said on Twitter.
“Just got my Covid test result and it is positive. WIll be isolating at home,” the former finance minister said.
Umar also leads the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) which is responsible to spearhead the containment measures against Covid-19 in the country. The body includes members from civil as well as military departments and health officials.
Umar isn’t the first politician to test Covid positive as several others including Asad Qaiser, Shahbaz Sharif, Bilawal Bhutto, Imran Ismail, and Murad Ali Shah had earlier tested positive for the virus since it spread in the country in February.
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and KP’s Health Minister Taimur Khan Jhagra had earlier tested positive for Covid-19 and recovered without any complications.
As per the NCOC data, more than 5,000 individuals tested positive for Covid-19 as the country has struggled to contain Covid-19. The data showed that the positivity ratio was highest in cities like Peshawar, Karachi, and Mirpur.
Sindh and Punjab have been the worst-hit provinces of the country.
The government data further showed that the country’s positivity ratio stood at 6.3 percent with the highest rate of 17pc in Karachi. In addition, Peshawar trailed behind at 13.34pc and Mirpur 9.4pc.
Meanwhile, more than 2,500 Covid-19 patients were facing critical health conditions across the country whereas the number of patients was rising fast with each passing day.
Province-wise, the positivity ratios, it was 14.2pc for Balochistan, 11.4pc for AJK 11.4pc, 10.6pc for Sindh, 8.1pc for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 3.8pc for Punjab, 3.6pc for Islamabad and with 1.5pc in Gilgit-Baltistan.