Soon after reports of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson contracting COVID-19 emerged, speculations of Pakistan PM Imran Khan testing positive for the deadly virus, started doing the rounds on social media. It all started after a news media organisation Arise TV claimed that the Pakistani Prime Minister has been infected by the novel virus. Also Read - No Lockdown in Pakistan Yet; 'Complete Shutdown Will Cause Unrest,' Says PM Imran Khan
“Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan tests positive for coronavirus,” read the tickers, sending social media into a frenzy. Also Read - Please Order a Lockdown, Twitter Urges Pakistan PM; Imran Khan Hopeful of Hot Weather
After this post went viral, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Senator Faisal Javed Khan debunked the claims and issued a clarification. Calling the viral post ‘fake news’, Khan made it clear that Imran Khan doesn’t have coronavirus.
“News regarding PM Imran Khan tested positive for #Covid19 is NOT True. Please refrain from spreading Fake News. Arise TV please correct. May ALLAH keep everyone safe. Prayers,” he tweeted.
Meanwhile, Khan’s appearance on TV news channels where he discussed the current Covid-19 crisis with senior journalists, also cleared the false claims.
The coronavirus cases in Pakistan on Saturday reached 1,408, including 11 deaths, with the Punjab province emerging as the new epicentre of the deadly viral infection in the country.
Owing to a rising number of cases, Prime Minister Imran Khan has announced the establishment of corona relief fund which will be used to help the daily wagers and those in need. He also directed police forces to release people who have been arrested for violating the lockdown restrictions.