Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan Tests Positive for Virus

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan tested positive for Covid-19, the latest world leader to be infected with the coronavirus as his country battles a new wave of infections.

Khan is experiencing mild symptoms and will continue to work from home, Senator Faisal Javed Khan, a close aide, said in a post on Twitter on Saturday. The prime minister had received the first of two doses of a Sinopharm Group Co. vaccine on Thursday, according to the health ministry.

Pakistan initiated its inoculation campaign last month and had obtained more than a million free Sinopharm doses from China. Amid a rise in coronavirus cases, authorities imposed restrictions in most of the main urban areas. Limits on wedding halls, cinemas and outdoor dining have been extended until April 15, and lockdowns will continue in the worst-affected provinces.

Authorities on Saturday reported new 3,876 infections, the highest daily toll since July. The country’s total number of coronavirus cases was 623,135 as of Saturday morning, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg. The virus has claimed at least 14,000 lives.

Pakistan’s central bank on Friday left its key lending rate at the lowest in almost three years to support a nascent economic recovery amid the resurgence in Covid-19 cases.

– Bloomberg

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