Prime Minister Imran Khan has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, confirmed Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Health Services Dr Faisal Sultan on Saturday.
PM Imran Khan has tested positive for Covid-19 and is self isolating at home— Faisal Sultan (@fslsltn) March 20, 2021
The news comes two days after the premier was vaccinated against the virus. However, the premier had received his first dose and not the second jab for the vaccine. Dr Sultan added that the premier is now isolating at home.
Prime Minister Imran Khan was not fully vaccinated when he contracted the virus. He only got the 1st dose and merely 2 days ago which is too soon for ANY vaccine to become effective. Anti-bodies develop 2-3 weeks after 2nd dose of 2-dose COVID vaccines. #VaccinesWork— Ministry of National Health Services, Pakistan (@nhsrcofficial) March 20, 2021
The Ministry of National Health Services also clarified that the premier was "not fully vaccinated" when he contracted the virus. The ministry added that only the first dose was administered, which is "too soon for any vaccine to become effective".
It further added that anti-bodies against the virus develop 2-3 weeks after the second dose of the vaccine is administered.
Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar also said that it was "certain" that the prime minister was infected prior to vaccination as Covid-19 symptoms appear a few days after exposure to the virus.
Praying for the premier's health, Umar urged people to vaccinate against the deadly pandemic.
May Allah protect him and give him shifa. Some people questioning the efficacy of vaccination since he was vaccinated thursday evening. The symptoms take a few days before manifesting. Hence it is certain that PM had been infected PRIOR to vaccination. So please do vaccinate https://t.co/0ZZBamNVlS— Asad Umar (@Asad_Umar) March 20, 2021
PTI Senator Dr Faisal Javed said the prime minister was experiencing "mild symptoms" and will continue to work from home while remaining in isolation.
Prime Minister Imran Khan tests positive for coronavirus, is experiencing 'mild symptoms'. He will self-quarantine at home however will continue to work from home over video con. Lots of prayers 🙏 for everyone. Stay Safe— Faisal Javed Khan (@FaisalJavedKhan) March 20, 2021
At the time of his vaccination, the premier had appealed to the nation to ensure full implementation of SOPs in view of the third wave of the pandemic.
The regions of Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Punjab have in recent days reported a sharp rise in the number of Covid-19 cases. The UK strain of the virus – more transmittable and reportedly more lethal – is sweeping across these areas as the country grapples with the third wave of the pandemic.
Prayers for quick recovery
Prayers for quick recovery of Prime Minister @ImranKhanPTI.— Usman Buzdar (@UsmanAKBuzdar) March 20, 2021
Recent spike in #COVID19 cases and positivity rate is alarming and we all need to be extra careful and strictly follow safety protocols!! https://t.co/ip6ccCQQzR
Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar prayed for the premier's quick recovery and said, "we all need to be extra careful and strictly follow safety protocols.
Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry said the "people of Pakistan are praying for their beloved leader".
پاکستان کے عوام اپنے محبوب لیڈر کی صحت کیلئے دعا گو ہیں خدا جلد صحت دے ! آمین https://t.co/P0PhUNTtoE— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) March 20, 2021
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Health Minister Taimur Khan Jhagra also prayed for the prime minister's quick recovery.
Prayers for the speedy recovery of the Prime Minister Imran Khan. This country needs you. https://t.co/KRZrkUtddE— Taimur Khan Jhagra (@Jhagra) March 20, 2021
Minister for Industries Hammad Azhar also offered prayers for Imran's quick recovery.
یااللہ، ہمارے قائد کو جلد اور مکمل شفاء عطا فرما۔ آمیـــــــــــــن یارب العالمین۔ https://t.co/esStMopxVq— Hammad Azhar (@Hammad_Azhar) March 20, 2021
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari also wished PM Imran speedy recovery from the coronavirus.
Wishing @ImranKhanPTI a speedy recovery from COVID.— BilawalBhuttoZardari (@BBhuttoZardari) March 20, 2021
Pakistan on Saturday recorded at least 3,876 confirmed Covid-19 cases, the highest in eight months. The country also recorded at least 42 fatalities from the virus in the last 24 hours.
Earlier, Federal Minister for Planning Asad Umar had warned that stricter Covid-19 restrictions on activities might be enforced if the compliance of standard operating procedures (SOPs) did not improve.
"Sharp spike in covid positivity," the minister had said in a tweet."Hospital daily admissions & people in critical care rising fast. If sop compliance does not improve, we will be forced to place stronger restrictions on activities."
He had further urged the masses to remain careful as the new [UK] strain was more contagious and deadlier as compared to the Wuhan variant of the Covid-19 virus.