ANKARA: The Turkish parliament speaker on Saturday wished speedy recovery for his Pakistani counterpart who tested positive for the novel coronavirus earlier this week.
"I’m regretfully informed that my dear brother, colleague Mr Asad Qaiser, Speaker of National Assembly of Pakistan, and his family members got Covid-19 positive," Mustafa Sentop said on Twitter.
I’m regretfully informed that my dear brother, colleague Mr. Asad Kaiser, Speaker of National Assembly of Pakistan, and his family members got Covid-19 positive. May Allah hasten recovery; bestow good health and strength for him and family members. @AsadQaiserPTI @NAofPakistan pic.twitter.com/9dU6FdZnso— Mustafa Şentop (@MustafaSentop) May 2, 2020
"May Allah hasten recovery; bestow good health and strength for him and family members," he said.
The NA speaker confirmed on Thursday that he and his son and a daughter tested positive for the coronavirus and in home quarantine after results.
In a video statement on Saturday, Asad said he and his children are feeling much better and fast recuperating from the mysterious illness.
He also thanked his colleagues, opposition politicians and others for their prayers and wishes.
پاکستانی قوم اللہ کی مدد اعتماد سازی، احتیاطی تدابیر اور عوام میں آگاہی کے ساتھ کوویڈ 19 عالمی وباء کو شکست دینے میں کامیاب ہوگی: اسپیکر قومی اسمبلی— APP 🇵🇰 (@appcsocialmedia) May 2, 2020
کویڈ 19پوری قوم کے لئے ایک آزمائش ہے جس پر صبر اور احتیاطی تدابیر کے ساتھ قابو پایا جاسکتا ہے۔ اسد قیصر#APPNews pic.twitter.com/k1FPg0XnlA
The number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan, which is the hardest-hit country in South Asia after India, reached 18,770 on Saturday, with 432 deaths and 4,753 recoveries.
More than 3.36 million cases have been reported in 187 countries and regions since the virus emerged in China last December, with the US and Europe the world’s hardest-hit areas.
A significant number of Covid-19 patients -- over 1.06 million -- have recovered, but the disease has also claimed close to 240,000 lives so far, according to data compiled by the US' Johns Hopkins University.
With input from News Desk