Former Prime Minister and leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has tested positive for COVID-19, it emerged on Monday.
PMLN’s central spokesperson, Marriyum Aurangzeb has confirmed the news saying that “Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s coronavirus test has come out positive, he has quarantined himself within his home,” she said.
The spokesperson said the former premier attend several press conferences in the past few days.
The party president and the opposition leader in national assembly, Shehbaz Sharif expressed sorrow and deep concerns at the news and said: “Abbasi is an asset, we hope he will recover soon.”
The cases of coronavirus in Pakistan have surpassed 100,000 mark as 103,671 individuals have been affected by the lethal infection. Pakistan has confirmed 65 more deaths in one day and the nationwide tally of fatalities has surge to 2,067.
National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) latest figures confirmed that 4,728 persons have tested positive for coronavirus in 24 hours.
So far 38,903 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Punjab, 38,108 in Sindh, 13,487 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 6,516 in Balochistan, 5,329 in Islamabad, 932 in Gilgit-Baltistan and 396 in Azad Kashmir.
The data revealed that 715 individuals have lost their lives to the pandemic in Punjab, 650 in Sindh, 575 in KP, 54 in Balochistan, 52 in Islamabad, 13 in GB and 8 in Azad Kashmir.
Pakistan has so far conducted 705,833 COVID-19 tests and 22,650 in past 24 hours. 34,355 coronavirus patients have recovered in the country whereas many are in critical condition.