Turkish Speaker Mustafa Sentop (R) and Pakistan NA Speaker Asad Qaiser (L). PHOTO: FILE

Turkish speaker wishes Asad Qaiser speedy recovery from Covid-19

NA speaker says he and his children are feeling much better and fast recuperating from coronavirus

Anadolu Agency May 02, 2020
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.

"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.

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

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