IHC official tests negative after false positive

The tests were conducted over a period of two days

​ Our Correspondent May 07, 2020

ISLAMABAD: A private laboratory test result of the Islamabad High Court (IHC) official who had earlier tested positive for coronavirus came out in the negative.

It emerged on Wednesday. The tests were conducted over a period of two days.

Arif Mehmood, an official of the Writ Branch of the IHC, was initially tested for the virus at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims). According to a circular issued by the high court on May 2, his test came out positive.

However, his test dated May 3, conducted at the government-authorised Islamabad Diagnostic Centre, came out negative.

Following the first test result, the high court premises was shut down and the area was disinfected on the orders of the Islamabad deputy commissioner.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 7th, 2020.