Former Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi tests positive for coronavirus
Shahid Afridi shared the news on Twitter following which several cricketers such as Mohammad Hafeez, Sohail Tanveer and Kamran Akmal sent him best wishes and prayers for a speedy recovery.
Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, he announced on Twitter on Saturday. With this development, he becomes the first high-profile cricketer to be infected with the deadly virus.
I’ve been feeling unwell since Thursday; my body had been aching badly. I’ve been tested and unfortunately I’m covid positive. Need prayers for a speedy recovery, InshaAllah #COVID19 #pandemic #hopenotout #staysafe #stayhome— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) June 13, 2020
After his post, cricketers Mohammad Hafeez, Sohail Tanveer and Kamran Akmal sent best wishes and prayers to 40-year-old Afridi for a speedy recovery. Afridi had recently been busy with his charitable foundation as Pakistan grapples with the spread of the coronavirus.
In shaa Allah you will be fine soon Ameen.prayers are for your long healthy life.Get well soon— Kamran Akmal (@KamiAkmal23) June 13, 2020
Wish you speedy recovery Lala,get well soon ...— Sohail Tanveer (@sohailmalik614) June 13, 2020
U r a Fighter by Nature & M sure U wil fight & wil Defeat this Virus soon, Best wishes for U to Get well soon ???????? https://t.co/Mm6mWef8XL— Mohammad Hafeez (@MHafeez22) June 13, 2020
Afridi played for Pakistan between 1998 and 2018, featuring in 27 Tests, 398 ODIs and 99 T20 Internationals.
This comes as Pakistan's COVID-19 cases reached 132,405 after a record 6,472 new infections. At least 88 more people have succumbed to the coronavirus, pushing the death toll to 2,551, the Health Ministry said on Saturday.
The Ministry of National Health Services said a record 29,850 tests were done in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of COVID-19 tests conducted in the country to 839,019. "So far, 50,056 people have recovered across Pakistan, making it a significant count," it said.
There are no patients on ventilators in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and Balochistan. As many as 420 ventilators out of a total 1,400 breathing devices allocated for COVID-19 are occupied across Pakistan, it said.
Out of the total 132,405 cases detected so far, Punjab has recorded 50,087. A total of 49,256 infections have been reported in Sindh, 16,415 in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, 7,866 in Balochistan, 7,163 in Islamabad, 1,044 in Gilgit-Baltistan and 574 in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
Meanwhile, Pakistan medical goods watchdog has approved the first indigenously made testing kit for the novel coronavirus. Minister of Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry said that the kit was developed by the scientists at the army-run National University of Science and Technology (NUST).