PM’s adviser Shahzad Akbar contracts coronavirus


ISLAMABAD – Adviser to the Prime Minister on Interior and Accountability Mirza Shahzad Akbar has tested positive for novel coronavirus.

Akbar in a tweet said that he has isolated himself at home.”Plz follow COVID sops and stay safe,” he urged people.

Earlier this month, Adviser for Commerce and Investment to Prime Minister Abdul Razak Dawood contracted the infection on September 2.

According to the latest report provided by the National Command and Operation Centre, the national count of total active COVID-19 cases dropped to 64,564 on Saturday as 2,512 additional individuals tested positive for the virus, while 3,610 people fully recovered from the illness in the previous 24 hours (NCOC).

On Friday, 57,077 tests were performed across the country.

Pakistan has reported less than 70,000 active COVID-19 infections for the first time since July 31 after recording 65,725 cases the day before. Over the past five days, the number of active cases has steadily decreased.

In the past 24 hours, the national COVID-19 positivity rate was 4.4 percent. There are 5,117 individuals in critical condition among the current cases.

According to NCOC statistics, 63 people died from the virus in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of deaths to 27,135.

A total of 1,221,261 cases have been reported since the pandemic began, including 33,682 cases in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, 32,722 in Balochistan, 10,232 in Gilgit-Baltistan, 103,923 in Islamabad, 170,738 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 420,615 in Punjab, and 449,349 in Sindh.

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