PTI leader and NCOC chief Asad Umar tests positive for COVID-19

By Abdullah Zahid

ISLAMABAD: Asad Umar, the chief of the National Command and Operations Centre (NCOC), Pakistan’s COVID-19 monitoring body, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, he tweeted on Friday.

“Just got my covid test result and it is positive,” Asad Umar, who also heads the Planning and Development Ministry, wrote on Twitter.

“Will be isolating at home.” The PTI leader said that he had undergone a test for COVID-19 and the results came out positive today.

Senior anchorperson and renowned Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir wished the minister a “fast recovery”.

“May Allah give fast recovery to you and all #Covid_19 patients best of luck,” Mir wrote.

Former federal minister of finance Miftah Ismail extends ‘best wishes’ to Asad Umar.

“Praying for your swift and complete recovery. Best wishes,” tweeted Miftah.

Earlier on 2nd of December, Federal Minister for Law and Justice Barrister Farogh Naseem had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

A spokesman for the federal law ministry had confirmed the reports and said that Farogh Naseem had self-quarantined himself at his residence in Karachi. The federal law minister had said that he would continue working from home.

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Pakistan’s coronavirus positivity rate, as of reporting time, is 7.59%, with close to 3,000 new infections and 84 deaths reported over the past 24 hours. The total tally of cases stands at 451,494.

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