On Friday, 27th March, rumours that Prime Minister Imran Khan had tested positive for the novel coronavirus spread on social media and whatsapp groups. The news resulted in much chatter, as Boris Johnson, UK’s Prime Minister tested positive for the virus earlier in the day.
The news regarding PM Imran Khan, which has been declared as fake, was aired by UK based news channel Arise News, which ran a ticker reading “Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan tests positive for Coronavirus.”
In response, a Pakistan based news channel ran a ticker stating the news regarding PM Imran Khan testing positive was inaccurate. What’s more is that the government has not made any statement on the matter, which could have given credibility to the initial statement by Arise News. Earlier on Friday, Imran Khan also appeared on Live TV for his press conference on Coronavirus and the measures his government is taking to keep it at bay.
PTI Senator Faisal Javed Khan also tweeted that the news is false.