ISLAMABAD: Asad Umar, the chief of the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC), Pakistan’s COVID-19 monitoring body, has recovered from the novel coronavirus after completing his quarantine period.
The PTI minister in the late hours of Monday took to Twitter to announce his recovery. He thanked all those who asked about his health and wished him a speedy recovery.
“I just received my COVID-19 test results which have turned out to be negative by the mercy of Allah,” Asad Umar wrote on Twitter.
“I am grateful to all those people, who inquired about my health and prayed for me, from the bottom of my heart,” the federal minister wrote.
The minister also urged masses to exercise precautions against coronavirus and take care of themselves and their loved ones.
Asad Umar tested positive for the novel coronavirus on December 18. In the short statement, he said he will be isolating at home following his Covid-19 test coming out positive.
“Just got my covid test result and it is positive,” Asad Umar, who also heads the Planning and Development Ministry, wrote on Twitter.
Pakistan has reported 1,776 infections, 63 deaths, and 1,760 recoveries from the virus in the last 24 hours.
The country has, so far, reported 475,085 infections and 9,992 deaths while 2,259 patients are in critical condition. Meanwhile, 425,494 patients have recovered from the virus.
In the last 24 hours, Pakistan conducted 284 rapid antigen tests, majority in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa – 249 – followed by Gilgit-Baltistan – 26 – and then Islamabad – 9 – as per the ministry of health data.
Total antigen tests conducted to date 5,964.
Furthermore, after a rise in cases across the country, authorities have imposed smart lockdowns in several cities of Punjab, Sindh, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.