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Pakistani prime minister recovers from Covid-19

Islamabad, Mar 30 (efe-epa).- Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has recovered from the new coronavirus, which he had contracted in mid-March amid the third wave of the pandemic in the country.

“Prime Minister Imran Khan has completely recovered and has partially resumed the state affairs in light of National and International Clinical Guidelines,” his office said in a tweet on Tuesday.

On Mar. 20, Khan had announced that he had been infected by the virus, two days after receiving the first dose of Chinese vaccine Sinopharm.

On Monday, President Arif Alvi also announced that he had contracted Covid-19, while on the same day Defense Minister Pervez Khattak also tested positive.

Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, who was replaced as the finance minister on Monday, has also tested positive for the disease.

Pakistan is witnessing its third wave of the epidemic, which could prove to be worse than the last two surges of.

Authorities have from Monday banned social, cultural, political and sports gatherings after witnessing a 11 percent infection rate across the country, with surges of up to 16.2 percent in areas such as Islamabad.

Pakistan, inhabited by around 220 million people, registered 4,084 infections and 100 deaths within the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 663,000 while the death toll now stands at 14,356.

The fresh wave comes amid a shortage of vaccines in the country, which does not produce the antidotes and fully depends on imports.

Pakistan has so far received one million Sinopharm vaccines donated by China, and acquired an additional one million doses from the same manufacturer as well as another Chinese firm CanSino, although these have not arrived yet.

Meanwhile the arrival of four million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine as part of the COVAX program, which were set to be sent from India, has been delayed as the neighboring country slowed down dispatch due to the pandemic intensifying there. EFE-EPA

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