On Monday, the Chief Minister of Punjab, Usman Buzdar tested positive for Covid-19. Buzdar quarantined himself soon after.
Azhar Mashwani, Focal Person on Digital Media to Usman Buzdar, took to Twitter to announce the news. Mashwani briefly stated that the CM Punjab has mild symptoms and will be self-isolating after being advised by his doctors. Usman Buzdar has also postponed his official and political engagements until he recovers. Mashwani requested everyone to wish him a speedy recovery.
“CM Punjab @UsmanAKBuzdar has tested positive for COVID-19. He had mild symptoms (Fever and Flu) since last night and in self-isolation as per the advice of Doctors. Request for prayers for early recovery” tweeted Azhar Mashwani.
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CM Punjab @UsmanAKBuzdar has tested positive for COVID-19.
He had mild symptoms (Fever and Flu) since last night and in self-isolation as per the advice of Doctors.
Request for prayers for early recovery.
— Azhar Mashwani (@MashwaniAzhar) December 21, 2020
Upon hearing the news, Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan, the Special Assistant to Chief Minister Punjab on Information, proclaimed that the spread of Covid-19 is a consequence of the Pakistan Democratic Movement’s (PDM) rallies and it is a part of their “conspiracy” to spread the virus. Despite taking precautions, CM Punjab has contracted the virus, she stated further.
“PDM meetings have resulted in conspiracies to spread Corona! Despite all the precautionary measures, the Chief Minister of Punjab @UsmanAKBuzdar Also suffered from corona. We all pray for his speedy recovery,” tweeted Dr. Firdous.
پی ڈی ایم کی جلسوں کے ذریعے کورونا پھیلانے کی کارستانیوں کا نتیجہ سامنے آگیا!
تمام تر احتیاطی تدابیر کے باوجود وزیراعلی پنجاب @UsmanAKBuzdar بھی کورونا میں مبتلا ہوگئے۔ ہم سب انکی جلد صحتیابی کیلئے دعاگو ہیں۔
— Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan (@Dr_FirdousPTI) December 21, 2020
Fawad Chaudhry, Minister for Science and Technology also took to Twitter to wish Usman Buzdar a speedy recovery from the Covid-19. “Wishing @UsmanAKBuzdar early recovery and best of health,” he tweeted.
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Wishing @UsmanAKBuzdar early recovery and best of health…. pic.twitter.com/N0IXFWqRN1
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) December 21, 2020
PMLN Senator lost her battle to Covid-19
PMLN Senator Kulsoom Parveen lost her battle with Covid-19 earlier today. Her health worsened last month after which she was put on a ventilator.
Her passing has “deprived the Senate of a very active and progressive-thinking member,” said Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani. He also recalled her services to Pakistani politics as well as to the people of Balochistan.
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Asad Umar tests positive for Covid-19
On Friday, the Minister for Planning and Development and Chairman of National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) Asad Umar also tested positive for Covid-19.
The minister broke the news through a tweet made from his official Twitter handle. 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. Will be isolating at home,” he said.
Just got my covid test result and it is positive. Will be isolating at home.
— Asad Umar (@Asad_Umar) December 18, 2020
Prayers started pouring in from various media personalities and the general public.
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A prominent talk show host, Shiffa Yousafzai said: “Prayers & best wishes for Asad Umar sahib’s swift recovery – Hope it won’t be long till you’re out again and all recovered.”
Current situation in the country
Covid-19 has claimed the lives of many prominent individuals, including two prominent judges. One was the former accountability judge Arshad Malik, famous for his verdict in the Al Azizia reference against Nawaz Sharif. Other being the Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth, famous for heading down a death sentence to former president retired Gen Pervez Musharraf in the high treason case for imposing emergency in the country.
Currently, there are 460,672 confirmed Covid-19 cases in Pakistan. On Monday alone, there were 505 confirmed cases in Punjab and 34 people lost their lives. Punjab has a total of 132,526 confirmed cases as of now.
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