Pakistan PM Imran Khan tests positive for COVID-19

ISLAMABAD (AFP) – Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has tested positive for COVID, his office said yesterday, just two days after he was vaccinated against the disease.

The diagnosis comes as the country grapples with a deadly third wave of a virus that has already killed nearly 13,800 people from more than 620,000 infections – although limited testing suggests real figures are likely much higher.

FILE – In this March 16, 2020, file photo, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan gives an interview to The Associated Press, in Islamabad, Pakistan. AP

“At this point, the prime minister’s office can only confirm that the honourable prime minister has tested positive for COVID-19 and has self-isolated,” his office said.

The 68-year-old received a shot of the Sinopharm vaccine on Thursday – one of over a million doses donated to Pakistan by Beijing.