Pakistan Prime Minister, Imran Khan, has tested positive for COVID-19 two days after being given a vaccination, the country’s health minister has said.
PM Khan is “self-isolating at home”, tweeted Faisal Sultan, without giving further details as to whether other people who have been in contact with the Prime Minister would also be isolating.
The 68-year-old cricket great-turned-leader has been holding regular and frequent meetings lately, including attending a security conference held in the capital Islamabad that was attended by a large number of people.
The prime minister was vaccinated on Thursday. He addressed the conference without wearing a mask and attended another gathering to inaugurate a housing project for poor people in a similar fashion on Friday.
The South Asian nation of 220 million is seeing a sharp rise in coronavirus infections.
According to numbers released by the government, the total number of infections in the country has reached 620,000. There were also 42 more deaths, taking the total to 13,799.
Pakistan launched vaccinations for the general public on March 10, starting with elderly people after seeing a poor response from frontline health workers, who expressed concerns about Chinese vaccines.
Chinese Sinopharm and CanSinoBio, Oxford-AstraZeneca and Russia’s Sputnik V vaccines have been approved for emergency use in Pakistan.