Abdul Hafeez Shaikh speaks during an interview with Reuters at his office. File
"Just found out that Dr Hafeez has tested positive for Covid-19. I pray for his swift recovery and good health," Minister for Industries and Production Hammad Azhar wrote on Twitter.
Shaikh was removed from his post as finance minister on Monday, over concerns about rising inflation in the country. Also on Monday, President Arif Alvi as well as Defence Minister Pervez Khattak announced they had both tested positive for COVID-19.
Prime Minister Imran Khan
Alvi oversaw an annual military parade in Islamabad on March 25, where Khattak was also present. The parade was smaller than in previous years over COVID-19 fears, but some 5,000 people still attended, including senior civilian officials as well as the heads of Pakistan's armed forces.
Khan has been criticized for holding an indoor in-person meeting with some cabinet officials while he was still recovering from the virus. .
Pakistan recorded 100 deaths in the last 24 hours, and 4,084 new infections, with a national positivity rate of 8.8% - meaning for every 100 individuals tested, 8.8% tested positive for coronavirus.
The country has recorded 14,356 deaths and 663,200 infections since the pandemic began. Around two-thirds of ventilators and 80% of oxygenated beds are occupied in hospitals in major cities, according to officials.
"We are increasing the capacity of our hospitals…but no matter how much we increase capacity, if cases continue to rise as they are currently, it will create pressure that will not be easy for our hospitals to handle,” Health Minister Faisal Sultan told state TV on Tuesday during a visit to major hospitals in the capitol Islamabad.
The federal government has put restrictions on gatherings, including all types of marriages, to go into effect next week, in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.
Across Pakistan's "mango belt" in Punjab and Sindh provinces, farmers say a long winter and changing rain patterns have slashed production by up to half this year -- just as virus shutdowns sparked border restrictions and spiralling export costs.
Throwing preparations for their five-match tour into turmoil and causing a scare in a country that has largely eradicated the virus, hosts New Zealand Cricket said on Thursday.
COVID-19 cases are mounting in India at the rate of 90,000 to 100,000 daily. This is the highest number of daily new cases globally, in any country. With 5.6 million infections, India will exceed the US’s 6.9 million cases,
We have given them a deadline to willingly return to their countries and if they don’t, all law enforcement agencies of the state and provinces will deport them, says interior minister
The father died on Tuesday as a result of his injuries in the wedding hall fire in Al-Hamdaniya, Nineveh Governorate, northern Iraq.
SEHA has identified 3 types of medical test in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, with fees ranging from Dhs250 to Dhs500. They are normal test, the rapid test and the special test.