KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah announced on Monday that he had tested positive for coronavirus.

In a series of tweets, the minister observed that he had a slight fever on Friday, and decided to get tested after Friday prayers.

The CM said he had a slight fever still, but his overall condition was stable. He added that he has isolated himself as per his doctors’ advice.

Information Minister Shibli Faraz wished the Sindh chief minister a speedy recovery. He also appealed to the public to strictly follow precautionary measures to protect themselves and others from contracting the virus.

Federal Minister of Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry also wished Shah a speedy recovery.

Earlier in April, Shah’s brother-in-law had died after testing positive for the coronavirus at a Karachi hospital. Syed Mehdi Shah, the managing director of Sindh Industrial Trading Estate (SITE), had been hospitalised after he became ill after returning from Iraq.

Several politicians, including Sindh Governor Imran Ismail, National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser and PML-N President Shahbaz Sharif, have tested positive for the virus since the first case emerged in the country in February.

NDMA Chairperson Lt Gen Muhammad Afzal has also tested positive for the deadly coronavirus, a notification issued late Thursday read. According to the notification, the NDMA boss has been in quarantine since November 9 and is currently undergoing treatment. Lt Gen Afzal will carry out his official duties from his home, the notification added.

Covid-19 cases, deaths and hospitalisations have been on the rise in recent weeks as Pakistan battles a second wave of the virus. On Monday, more than 2,000 cases were reported for four consecutive days.

In recent days, Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Waqar Seth, Sindh MPA Jam Madad Ali Khan and senior journalist Arshad Waheed Chaudhary were among the Covid-19 deaths reported across the country.

On Monday (today), Prime Minister Imran Khan will preside over a meeting of the National Coordination Committee to devise a strategy to deal with the rising number of coronavirus cases in the country.

The NCOC had also suggested banning all public gatherings of more than 500 people, reducing the number of participants in marriage functions by 50 per cent, allowing only takeaways and outdoor dining at restaurants till 10pm and closing all cinemas, theatres and shrines with immediate effect.