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PM Shehbaz Sharif tests positive for coronavirus

Prime Minister Shehbaz had been unwell for two days, Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb confirms news

By Web Desk
November 15, 2022
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. — PID/File
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. — PID/File

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has tested positive for COVID-19, Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb confirmed Tuesday.

Taking to Twitter, Aurangzeb shared that PM Shehbaz Sharif had been unwell for two days and underwent a COVID-19 test over the advice of his doctor.

She requested the nation and PML-N workers to pray for the early recovery of the premier.

This is the third time that the prime minister has contracted the deadly virus — first in June 2020 and second in January 2022.

Just a day back, PM Shehbaz landed home from Britain after a drawn-out visit, marked by his political consultations with PML-N supremo Nawaz Sharif. During the visit, PML-N leaders — including Khawaja Asif — had accompanied him.

He was scheduled to reach the country earlier, but his plans were delayed after his health deteriorated. Family sources said he extended his stay in London twice as "his hectic schedule took a toll on his health".

According to sources close to the Sharif family, PM Shehbaz developed a fever before leaving for the airport on Saturday and his family advised him not to travel, so he rescheduled his flight home on Sunday.

Before that, the prime minister attended the COP27 meeting in Egypt, where he interacted with leaders from across the globe and pleaded Pakistan's case for climate justice.

As the news broke out of the prime minister being infected with the virus, well-wishers — including journalists and politicians — prayed for his recovery.