Prime Minister Imran Khan tested positive for the novel coronavirus, confirmed Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Health Services Dr Faisal Sultan on Saturday.
The news came 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.
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 said that it was "certain" 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. PTI Senator Dr Faisal Javed said the prime minister was experiencing "mild symptoms" and will continue to work from home while remaining in isolation.
Nevertheless, celebrities have since been wishing the premier a speedy recovery while requesting people to remain vigilant because the pandemic is not over yet.
"Wishing @ImranKhanPTI a very speedy recovery. Proves the point that nobody is immune and that this pandemic is far from over. While we pray for our Prime Minister, lets also remain vigilant. #GetWellSoonPMIK" wrote actor and Tamgha-e-Imtiaz recipient Mehwish Hayat.
Wishing @ImranKhanPTI a very speedy recovery. Proves the point that nobody is immune and that this pandemic is far from over. While we pray for our Prime Minister, lets also remain vigilant.#GetWellSoonPMIK— Mehwish Hayat TI (@MehwishHayat) March 20, 2021
Humayun Saeed also added, "Wishing Prime Minister Imran Khan a speedy recovery. May Allah bless him with the best of health @ImranKhanPTI."
Wishing Prime Minister Imran Khan a speedy recovery. May Allah bless him with the best of health @ImranKhanPTI— Humayun Saeed (@iamhumayunsaeed) March 20, 2021
"Get well soon, PM Imran Khan," wrote veteran Samina Peerzada. "Wishing our Prime Minster @ImranKhanPTI a speedy recovery," added Ali Zafar. Singer Shehzad Roy, actor Shaan Shahid, designer Maheen Khan among many others also sent in their prayers and hoped for Khan to recover soon.
Get well soon PM IK. Duain— Samina Peerzada (@SaminaSays) March 21, 2021
Wishing our Prime Minster @ImranKhanPTI a speedy recovery. 🤲— Ali Zafar (@AliZafarsays) March 20, 2021
Pm @ImranKhanPTI prayers for you .. ♥️🙏🏼🇵🇰get well soon..— Shaan Shahid (@mshaanshahid) March 20, 2021
Wishing PM Mr. Imran Khan a speedy recovery. ✨— Armeena 🦋 (@ArmeenaRK) March 20, 2021
Duas for the swift return to good health inshallah @ImranKhanPTI— Maheen Khan (@Maheenkhanpk) March 20, 2021
Sending lots of love and prayers to our Prime Minister. Wishing you a speedy recovery and the best of health and happiness. Ameen! @ImranKhanPTI— Uzair Jaswal (@uzairjaswal) March 20, 2021
Wishing the Prime Minister @ImranKhanPTI a quick recovery and good health.— Saba Qamar (@s_qamarzaman) March 20, 2021
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