Asad Umar, the head of the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC) and the minister for planning and development, confirmed that he tested positive for the coronavirus, on Friday.
“Just got my covid test result and it is positive,” stated the chief of Pakistan’s coronavirus monitoring body. He added that he, “Will be isolating at home”.
Just got my covid test result and it is positive. Will be isolating at home.— Asad Umar (@Asad_Umar) December 18, 2020
Asad Umar is not the first politician to test positive for the coronavirus as many other politicians, including Sindh Governor Imran Ismail, Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Health Minister Taimur Khan Jhagra, PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif, and PPP Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari have tested positive for the virus since the first case emerged in the country in February. All of them have since recovered from the virus.
The spread of the second wave of the coronavirus has intensified across the country. Just a day ago, data from the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) showed that over 5,000 people had tested positive and more 176 deaths were reported in two days.