Pakistan president Alvi tests positive for Covid-19 again...

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Pakistan president Alvi tests positive for Covid-19 again

 International Desk

 Published: 09:05 PM, 7 January 2022  

Pakistan president Alvi tests positive for Covid-19 again

Pakistan president Alvi tests positive for Covid-19 again

As Pakistan has been witnessing a huge surge in the number of coronavirus cases, President Arif Alvi has confirmed that he has tested positive for COVID-19 for the second time.  

The president has also called on people to follow precautionary measures and standard operating procedures (SOPs) strictly.  

In a tweet, Arif Alvi said, "I have been contacted Corona again. I had a sore throat for the last four or five days, now it has decreased a bit. I have been feeling mild fever for the last two days. Besides, there are no other symptoms."

Calling on the people to be vigilant, the Pakistani president said in a tweet, "Friends, all of you will be vigilant and follow proper hygiene rules."

Earlier, Arif Alvi was tested positive for corona for the first time in March last year.

"I have tested positive for Covid-19 again. Had a sore throat since four to five days and was getting better. Felt mildly feverish for a few hours two nights ago. No other symptoms," he said on Twitter.

"Friends, please resume precautions and follow SOPs," he said.

The president tested positive the same day the country reported more than 1,000 coronavirus infections for the first time in nearly three months.

The rise in cases is being driven by the highly transmissible Omicron variant of the coronavirus which has brought a fifth wave of the disease to the country.

Earlier today, National Command and Operation Centre chief Asad Umar said the option of imposing a lockdown was not being considered presently, adding that the immediate focus was on scaling up the pace of vaccinations.

President Alvi had first tested positive for the virus on March 29 last year. At the time, he had said that he had only received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. First Lady Samina Alvi had later shared that the president had "mild symptoms" but was in "good spirits".

The highly contagious type of corona identified in South Africa, Omicron, has spread to Pakistan as well as other countries in the world. It is thought that this is the reason why the number of victims in the country is increasing rapidly. However, a lockdown is not being considered in Pakistan right now. Much attention is being paid to how to increase the corona vaccination program.