The governor of Sindh province, southern Pakistan, Imran Ismail, a close aide to Prime Minister Imran Khan, tested positive for the deadly corona virus, his party said on Monday. A powerful supporter of Pakistan’s ruling Tehreek-e-Insaaf, Ismail said he was ready to fight it.
“I believe this is not what we prepared. May Allah give us strength to combat the pandemic, God willing,” he said in a tweet.
The death toll from coronavirus rose to 293 in Pakistan while the total number of cases jumped to 13,947 on Monday. Sindh has registered 4,956 positive cases so far. About 50 police personnel, including six inspectors, also tested positive for the virus.
According to the Karachi City police chief, Additional Inspector General Ghulam Nabi Memon, the majority of infected police officers were those who were not assigned to active fieldwork. Police personnel, one of whom has recovered, are undergoing treatment in isolation wards in various hospitals in Karachi.
According to the National Health Service Department, more than 3,000 people have recovered from transmission in Pakistan. So far, 150,756 tests have been carried out including 6,391 in the past 24 hours, while the authorities announced to increase the number of daily tests to 20,000 from the following month.
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