Islamabad, May 1: Pakistan's National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser, late on Thursday night, confirmed of being tested positive for the COVID-19 and said that he has quarantined himself at his house. The speaker of the lower house of the country's parliament announced it at twitter saying, "My coronavirus test resulted positive. I have quarantined myself at my house."
The custodian of the lower house requested the whole nation to take precautionary measures without revealing his health condition. Meanwhile, Geo TV quoted Qaiser's brother as saying that the speaker's son and a daughter have also been tested positive. There are no reports about the possible links which caused his infection because he had conducted meetings with several officials and parliamentarians during the past week over the issue to summon a session of the house.
The Speaker met Prime Minister Imran Khan on April 24, that too without any protective gear, but with a wide table between them. Two other parliamentarians, a member of the provincial assembly and several officials of the country have already been tested positive during the last two weeks. Earlier on Monday, Governor of the country's southern Sindh province Imran Ismail announced to quarantine himself after he was tested positive for the COVID-19. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has been continuously increasing amid fears that the country might face a peak of the pandemic in May. According to the data available on the website of Pakistan's health ministry on Thursday night, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases stood at 16,117 with 358 deaths. (UNI)