Televangelist Maulana Tariq Jameel was shifted to a hospital after he tested positive for Covid-19, media reports claimed on Monday.
Taking to his Twitter account on Sunday, Maulana said he was “not feeling well” for the past few days. “On getting tested for COVID, it came positive,” he confirmed on Twitter.
He urged his followers to pray for him and added that he checked himself into the hospital on the doctors’ advice. “I request you all to make special du’ās,” he added.
Maulana Tariq Jameel is one of the most popular Deobandi scholars and preachers in the country. He belongs to the Tableeghi Jamaat group.
Pakistan’s coronavirus positivity rate is at 8 percent, with 72 deaths recorded over the past 24 hours, bringing the total number to 8,796. The country’s aggregate infections are 438,425, of which 46,692 are active cases.
The country’s rising number of Covid-19 cases has become one of the major challenges for the government as the second wave has bounced off into a major health pandemic.
The government has allotted as much as $150 million to purchase vaccines from the global developers in a bid to ensure the elderly and the medical practitioners are secured before mass campaigns are launched.
“Private sector has also been given permission by government to cater for that segment of society which can afford,” the official statement of the health ministry read suggesting that the sought after Covid-19 vaccine will make its way on to the private sector as well.
Health experts said that enabling the private sector to acquire the vaccine also indicated that people might be able to buy doses before the government rollout.
“Negotiations under a confidential declaration agreement, with vaccine manufacturers are in final stages, who are undergoing phase III trials, are publishing their efficacy data and are in process of getting emergency authorisation approvals from respective regulators,” the ministry’s official statement read.