Former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Yusuf Raza Gilani, has been tested positive for the deadly coronavirus on Saturday. He is the latest top political figure to contract Covid-19 that has claimed 2,551 lives and infected 132,405 people since it started taking its tolls in Pakistan.
The 67-year-old, Yusuf Raza Gilani,
tested positive soon after he attended a hearing of the National Accountability
Bureau (NAB) in a corruption case on June 11, 2020. Shehbaz Sharif, chief of
the Opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), tested positive for the
coronavirus after he appeared before the NAB in a money laundering case.
Yusuf’s son Kasim Gilani announced on Twitter that the former premier had
tested positive for the coronavirus. He said, "Thank you Imran Khan's govt
and National Accountability Bureau! You have successfully put my father''s life
in danger. His COVID-19 result came positive”.
On Saturday, the former Pakistan Cfricket
team captain, Shahid Afridi, was also tested positive for the coronavirus.
According to the health Ministry report in Pakistan, the COVID-19 cases has
reached 132,405 after a record 6,472 new infections were detected, while 88
more people have succumbed to the coronavirus, pushing the number of deaths to
2,551 across the country. The Ministry of National Health Services said a
record 29,850 tests were done in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of
COVID-19 tests conducted in the country to 839,019. The ministry added,
"So far, 50,056 people have recovered across Pakistan, making it a
There are no patients on ventilators in
Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and Balochistan. As many as 420 ventilators out of a
total 1,400 breathing devices allocated for COVID-19 are occupied across
Pakistan. At least 88 people have died in the last 24 hours, taking the number
of deaths to 2,551. There are 820 hospitals with COVID-19 facilities in the
country and 8,559 patients are admitted across the country, while others are
recuperating in self-isolation at homes. The government closed down nearly
1,300 hot spots, including several areas in capital Islamabad, on Saturday due
to fast spreading of the deadly virus.