Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan could be tested for the coronavirus or asked to isolate himself after hitting a person diagnosed with the coronavirus last week, PTI reported.
Faisal Sultan, the Prime Minister’s personal doctor and CEO of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital, told the media that he would be the leader to be tested. “We will follow all applicable protocols and make recommendations,” he said.
The protocols recommend self-isolation for people who meet those who have tested positive for the coronavirus. It is not clear how Khan will govern the government when he is asked to quarantine. Imran is currently working routinely and also chaired a cabinet meeting.
Faisal Edhi, the son of famous philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi and chairman of the Edhi Foundation, showed symptoms last week, shortly after meeting Prime Minister Khan in Islamabad on April 15, the Dawn newspaper reported Tuesday.
“The symptoms lasted four days before they subsided,” said his son Saad. Soon after, he was tested on COVID-19 and the results were positive, “he added.
Saad added that his father is currently in Islamabad and is doing better. “He hasn’t been hospitalized and is self-isolating,” he said. Faisal met Khan last week and presented a check for 10 million rupees for the Prime Minister’s Coronavirus Relief Fund. It was not previously known whether Prime Minister Khan would undergo an examination.
The Edhi Foundation was founded by the late Abdul Sattar Edhi and is the leading charity.
Pakistan reported 16 more coronavirus deaths on Tuesday, increasing the country’s toll to 192 while the number of confirmed deaths rose to over 9,000.