The Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has undergone a test for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) test after he met with philantropist Faisal Edhi.
Prime Minister Khan’s focal person on Covid-19 Dr Faisal Sultan said “Prime minister will undergo Covid-19 test as he met philanthropist Faisal Edhi who later tested positive for the deadly virus.”
Faisal Edhi, the head of Edhi Foundation, came to Islamabad by road and handed over a cheque for Rs10 million to the prime minister for the coronavirus relief fund, according to Dawn News.
The authorities are expected to announce the result of Prime Miniter Khan’s test today.
Meanwhile, another official told Dawn News “Though according to Faisal Edhi, he spent just a few minutes with the premier, the picture we have seen in newspapers showed that the distance between the two personalities was less than six feet. Though they did not shake hands, the virus can be transferred through cheque,” the official said.
“Moreover, it is an international practice that risk cannot be taken in such high-profile cases. So it has been decided to test the premier. As the prime minister met a number of personalities and also chaired cabinet meetings, we are expecting that a number of samples will be received,” he said.
Mr. Edhi tested positive for COVID-19 few days ago after one of his co-workers was diagnosed with the disease.
According to local media reports, at least 9,738 people have tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease since its break in Pakistan which has so far killed at least 209 people.