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PM Khan prays for Sindh governor after Coronavirus diagnosis

Earlier in April, the brother-in-law of Chief Minister Shah had died after testing positive for the coronavirus at a Karachi hospital. This time Coronavirus has infected Governor Sindh.

Prime Minister Imran Khan wished Governor Sindh Imran Ismail a speedy recovery from the coronavirus on Tuesday, a day after the official tested positive for COVID-19. “May Allah grant him the strength to fight this,” PM Imran said in a Twitter post.

The governor Sindh Imran Ismail has been diagnosed with coronavirus on Monday evening. In his tweet, he confirmed that he had got tested for coronavirus on Sunday and the reports read positive for the virus.

Earlier this month, while Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah emphasized the need for a stricter lockdown in the province to prevent a surge in coronavirus cases, Governor Ismail had suggested favouring a relaxation in the restrictions, when three-week lockdown period was going to end on the 14th of April. The restrictions were subsequently extended for two more weeks.

“We are not against the lockdown and we have supported it, but in the prevailing circumstances any extension in such types of restrictions seems not possible,” the governor, who belongs to the ruling PTI, had told reporters in Karachi.

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He is the latest among several lawmakers or persons with political connections to have tested positive for the disease.

In the last week, Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal’s MPA Abdul Rasheed, who is a member of the Sindh Assembly, had also tested positive.

Sindh education minister Saeed Ghani, who himself went into isolation after being infected with the virus last month and subsequently recovered, wished Ismail an early recovery.

The provincial COVID-19 tally infected stands at 4,953, while the death toll has reached 85 as of today.

The Governor is the second Sindh Government’s member to test positive after Sindh Minister for Education and Labour  Saeed Ghani tested positive.

Murad Ali Shah’s brother in law died due to coronavirus 

Earlier this month, Faisal Edhi, the chairman of Edhi Foundation, had also tested positive for COVID-19. The development prompted Prime Minister Imran Khan to get tested for the virus as he also met Faisal Edhi. However, the premier tested negative for the disease.

Last month, Sindh Education Minister Saeed Ghani was diagnosed with coronavirus and after spending a week in self-isolation, he recuperated from the mysterious illness. Governor Ismail also went into self-isolation after Ghani had detected with coronavirus as both the persons remained in contact.

Currently, the nationwide tally of COVID-19 patients stands at nearly 14,000 with 5,526 cases in Punjab, 4,957 in Sindh, 1,984 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, 853 in Balochistan, 320 in Gilgit-Baltistan, 245 in Islamabad and 67 in Azad Jammu and Kashmir

The virus has claimed at least 293 lives while at least 3,029 coronavirus patients have recovered.