Thursday Apr 30, 2020
ISLAMABAD: The speaker of the National Assembly (NA), Asad Qaiser, as well as his son and daughter, have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
"I have put myself in self-quarantine," Qaiser said on Twitter, confirming he had the virus.
"I request the entire nation to take precautions and to pray for my recovery," he said.
The NA speaker noted that he had symptoms of fever for the past couple of days and had himself tested earlier as well. At that time, however, the result was negative.
"Today, when I had myself tested again, the report came out positive," he added. "I have been advised to stay at home and take care.
"The test results of my son and daughter have also come out positive," Qaiser added.
Qaiser becomes the latest politician and third PTI leader to test positive for the virus. On Monday, Sindh Governor Imran Ismail announced that he was infected with COVID-19 but vowed to "fight it out".
Prior to that, PPP lawmaker Rana Hamir Singh, of Sindh Assembly, tested positive for COVID-19.
PTI's MPA from Mardan, Abdul Salam Afridi, had tested also positive for the novel virus. Apart from that, Sindh Education Minister Saeed Ghani had contracted the virus last month. Both Ghani and Afridi have recovered now.
MPA Syed Abdul Rasheed of Sindh Assembly also contracted positive for the virus, as did eight of his family members reportedly.