HYDERABAD: A Tharparkar-based MPA of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Rana Hameer Singh, has contracted the coronavirus, according to a report issued by the diagnostic and research lab of the Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences.
The MPA reportedly met and spent time with Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) MPA Abdul Rasheed, who has also been tested positive, during the latter's visit to inaugurate an intensive care unit at an Al-Khidmat Foundation health facility in Tharparkar over a week ago.
Separately, a woman beneficiary of the Ehsaas Programme, hailing from a village in Dahili taluka of Tharparkar has also tested positive for the coronavirus.
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In Shikarpur, where five doctors and two local government representatives have already tested positive, a policeman and a brother of the district municipal chairperson have contracted the virus.
Meanwhile, a doctor at taluka hospital, Ratodero, has also tested positive, after which local authorities have prepared list of 61 persons including his family members, who will be tested.
A friend of PPP leader Khursheed Shah, whose servant was found infected earlier, has also tested positive.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 29th, 2020.