Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has tested positive for coronavirus as Pakistan reports over 2,000 infections for the third consecutive day.
According to a statement issued by the chief minister’s office, CM Murad got tested for COVID-19 on Friday after catching a mild fever. “After the test, I went into isolation on doctor’s advice,” said the chief minister.
CM Murad said he is asymptomatic apart from the fever.
On Saturday and Sunday, the country saw over 2,000 cases and 2,400 cases respectively, which means more than a 20 per cent increase in cases. These numbers are the highest since July. Seventeen people lost their lives to the coronavirus on Saturday as per the data from the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC).
Meanwhile, the prime minister will chair a meeting of the National Coordination Committee (NCC) today to chalk up a strategy to curb the increasing number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan. The meeting will take decisions about early and extended winter vacations in educational insitutions.
Amid an increase in the infections, the NCOC had suggested a ban on public gatherings of all sorts, including a ban on indoor dining. The committee had allowed only takeaways and outdoor dining at restaurants till 10 pm, while suggesting closure of all cinemas, theatres and shrines with immediate effect.