Faisal Edhi, who met PM last week, tested positive for coronavirus

By: News Desk      Published: 01:01 PM, 21 Apr, 2020
Faisal Edhi, who met PM last week, tested positive for coronavirus
Faisal Edhi presenting a cheque of Rs10 million to Prime Minister Imran Khan for the Corona Relief Fund last week in Islamabad.

Faisal Edhi – the head of Edhi Foundation – was tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday.

This news was shared by the Sindh Health Department which had earlier conducted his test for the virus.

When contacted, the report was confirmed by Faisal Edhi who was currently in Islamabad.

Last week, he had met Prime Minister Imran Khan and handed over a cheque of Rs10 million to him for the Prime Minister’s Coronavirus Relief Fund.

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Faisal, the son of famous social worker Abdul Sattar Edhi, had made headlines some weeks back by saying that they were closing the funeral homes being run by the Edhi Foundation because of the pandemic.

He stated that many coronavirus patients, which had not been reported officially, were being buried by them and they could not threaten the lives of their staff members.

However, Faisal later said in a video message that they were suspected coronavirus patients.

During the past 24 hours, 794 new coronavirus cases were reported in the country after which total reached 9,216, the figures released by the National Command and Operation Centre on Tuesday showed.

According to the available data, 5,347 tests were conducted in the same period. It means 111,886 people have so far been tested in Pakistan.

The most number of coronavirus cases have been recorded in Punjab with the figures currently standing at 4,195. It is followed by Sindh 2,764, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 1,276, Balochistan 465, Gilgit-Baltistan 281, Islamabad 185 and Azad Kashmir 50.

Meanwhile, the number of deaths jumped to 192 as 16 more people lost their lives due to the deadly virus during the past 24 hours.

So far, 74 people have died in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 61 in Sindh, 45 in Punjab, six in Balochistan and three each in Gilgit-Baltistan and Islamabad.