Pakistan’s health minister Dr Zafar Mirza said Monday that he was tested positive for the novel coronavirus, becoming the latest senior minister in the country to be hit by the deadly virus.
Mirza, the special assistant to the prime minister on health services, said that he was experiencing ‘mild symptoms’ and was taking all precautions. Please keep me in your kind prayers,” Mirza tweeted.
The SAPM, who also has been at the forefront of the government’s response to the pandemic, urged his colleagues to continue the fight against the virus.
Mirza joins a long list of Pakistani lawmakers who have tested positive for the virus.
Last week Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi announced he had tested positive for coronavirus and has gone into self-isolation.
The foreign minister, in a tweet, said: “This afternoon I felt a slight fever and immediately quarantined myself at home. I have now tested positive for COVID- 19.”
“By the grace of Allah, I feel strong and energetic. I will continue to carry on my duties from home. Please keep me in your prayers,” he added.
Two weeks earlier, Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan (MQM-P) leader and Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunications Syed Aminul Haq tested positive for coronavirus.