Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan underwent a test for COVID-19 after his meeting with Edhi Foundation’s Chairman Faisal Edhi, who has tested positive of coronavirus.
Imran Khan had met with Faisal Edhi a few days ago when he handed over a donation cheque to PM Khan at the prime minister’s residence in Islamabad.
Later, Faisal tested positive for coronavirus and he was put on home quarantine at his residence in Islamabad. Now, Prime Minister Imran Khan has also been tested to check if he has contacted the virus due to local transmission.
Doctors from Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital collected samples of Imran Khan, results of which are still awaited.
“I am happy to announce that the prime minister has agreed to get tested for coronavirus on my advice,” said Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital CEO, Dr. Faisal Sultan, who is also the premier’s personal physician and Pakistan’s authority on the COVID-19 outbreak in the country.
The suspicion of local transmission from Faisal Edhi, son of the renowned philanthropist late Abdul Sattar Edhi to the Prime Minister came to light when Edhi’s test for COVID-19 came out as positive.
Faisal Edhi met with Imran Khan on April 15 and handed over a cheque worth Rs 10 million to the government’s coronavirus relief fund.
ایدھی فاونڈیشن کی طرف سے کل میں نے ایک کروڑ روپے کا چیک وزیراعظم کرونا ریلیف فنڈ کے لیے وزیر اعظم کو پیش کیا
میری تمام مخیر حضرات سے گزارش ہے کہ مشکل کی اس گھڑی میں وزیر اعظم عمران خان کے ساتھ بھر پور تعاون کریں pic.twitter.com/PPO7ZeNizj
— Faisal Edhi (@Faisal_Edhi2) April 16, 2020
In the picture shared of the meeting, both Faisal Edhi and PM Imran Khan were not wearing gloves or protective masks, making chances of transmission of the virus from Edhi to Imran Khan even stronger.
Even though the meeting between Faisal Edhi and Imran Khan was only 7-minute-long, doctors recommended that it is critical for the prime minister to get tested.
COVID-19 cases continue to surge across Pakistan as the tally inches closer to 10,000.
Till now, at least 9,749 cases have been reported across Pakistan. At least 209 people have died from the virus while 2,156 have recovered.