Update: May 7, 2020:
Faisal Edhi, the head of Edhi Foundation and the son of late philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi, has been tested negative for coronavirus. Last month, Faisal Edhi announced in a video statement that he has been tested positive for COVID-19 and told his followers that there’s nothing to worry about.
However, with the nation’s prayers and well-wishes, Faisal Edhi, on Wednesday, announced that he had been tested negative for COVID-19 by the grace of Allah Almighty. He further added that he’s praying for those who are still fighting this virus and other diseases.
“From the grace of God, my first test has become negative from COVID 19, and I am very thankful to all who prayed for my health. I pray for all of those who are ill of Corona and other diseases to get well soon. “Corona se darna nahi larna hai.”
Here’s what Faisal Edhi tweeted on Wednesday
From the grace of God my first test have become negative from covid 19, and I am very thankful to all who prayed for my health.
I pray for all of those who are ill of corona and other diseases to get well soon.
“Corona se darna nahi larna hai” pic.twitter.com/3UiPGFLBdz
— Faisal Edhi (@FEdhiOfficial) May 6, 2020
Update: April 28, 2020:
On Monday, April 27, 2020, Governor Sindh Imran Ismail confirmed that he’s been tested positive for COVID-19.
Jamal Siddiqui, PTI spokesperson, said that Imran Ismail got himself tested for the virus on Sunday. Moreover, Ismail revealed that he had isolated himself at the Governor House. “I have informed people I met [over the past couple of days],” he said. “Will also have my family tested for the virus,” he added.
Here’s what Imran Ismail had tweeted:
I have just been tested Covid 19 positive, Allah Kareem inshallah will fight it out. @ImranKhanPTI thought us to fight out the most difficult in life and I believe this is nothing against what we r prepared for. May Allah give strength to fight this Pandemic inshallah.
— Imran Ismail (@ImranIsmailPTI) April 27, 2020
Update: April 23, 2020
Faisal Edhi, head of Edhi Foundation, was tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday. He said that he didn’t shake hands with Prime Minister Imran Khan in his meeting on April 16 when he visited the PM House to donate funds.
On Wednesday, Edhi told SAMAA TV’s anchor Nadeem Malik that PM Imran Khan’s staff had asked him to remove his mask before the meeting.
Later, upon Faisal Edhi being tested positive for coronavirus, PM Khan was also tested, but he was negative, according to Dr. Zafar Mirza, his special assistant on health.
Moreover, Faisal Edhi has also said that he would not let his health affect the work of his foundation during this time.
Update: April 21, 2020
Faisal Edhi, the head of Edhi Foundation and the son of philanthropist late Abdul Sattar Edhi, has tested positive for Corona Virus.
Earlier, Faisal Edhi had met Prime Minister Imran Khan and donated Rs10 million in PM’s Corona Relief Fund.
He had presented a cheque for the donation of Rs10 million in the PM’s relief fund for coronavirus affectees.
Faisal Edhi Test Positive For Coronavirus..
And Faisal Edhi met PM Imran Khan in person two days ago.. pic.twitter.com/hE5XhcbHcP
— Shahzeb Anwar (@ShahzebSayss) April 21, 2020
Social worker Faisal Edhi tested positive for #COVIDー19 in Islamabad.
May Allah bless him with speedy recovery.
— Sibte Hassan (@SibteHR) April 21, 2020
Faisal Edhi has been put into isolation and is in constant contact with his doctor.
Update: April 16, 2020
Faisal Edhi, son of philanthropist late Abdul Sattar Edhi, met Prime Minister Imran Khan and donated Rs10 million in PM’s Corona Relief Fund.
On Wednesday, Faisal Edhi presented a cheque for the donation of Rs10 million in the PM’s relief fund for coronavirus affectees.
Earlier, PM Imran Khan had announced the establishment of ‘corona relief fund’ on March 27 to help the people amid coronavirus crisis.
Prime Minister Imran Khan announced a financial relief package worth Rs. 1.2 Trillion to battle the negative impact caused by CoronaVirus on the country and its economy. This package was unveiled on Tuesday while talking to a selected group of TV anchors.
The 1.2 Tr Relief Package Includes:
1. Reduction in Prices of Petrol
The PM announced a decrease in petroleum products by Rs.15 per liter, including diesel, petrol, and kerosene with immediate effect. The government estimated that it was going to face a hit of Rs.75 billion on its petroleum levy over the next three months.
Advisor to PM on Petroleum added,
“POL prices would be further reduced if the existing trend of reduced prices persisted in international market.”
2. A stipend of daily wagers of Rs. 3000 monthly
The government has allocated Rs150 billion for providing Rs3,000 monthly help to daily wagers. The center would also involve provinces to expand the program to reach out to the maximum number of people.
Further on, the government has also increased the additional allocation of Rs. Fifty billion for Utility Stores Corporation (USC) for the provision of essential food items at affordable prices. The premier also announced an allocation of Rs.280 billion for procurement of 8 million tons of wheat as it will help for providing cash to farmers.
3. Improving the liquidity crunch for exporters and industrialists
The PM has announced tax breaks on import of pulses, waived off duty on palm oil, and reduced petroleum levy on petrol, oils, and lubricants (POL) products to further lessen the burden on consumers. Federal Minister for Economic Affairs, Hammad Azhar told The News,
“We have provided relief package to the tune of Rs1.2 trillion as it did not incorporate tax relief provided through abolishing/reducing taxes on pulses and palm oil.”
Moreover, the PM has announced that the FBR is instructed to release Rs. One hundred billion refunds immediately for industries and exporters to help improve the liquidity crunch. Further on, the principle and mark-up of loans would be deferred with the help of Rs. 100 billion. SME’s businesses would be provided with concessional loans, and their mark-up would also be deferred.
4. Installments for Electricity and Gas Bills
Federal Minister Hammad Azhar also claimed that electricity and gas bills through three-month installment payments would cost the government 70 billion and Rs.30 billion as the companies would be facing disruptions in their cash bill.
PM Khan also added the electricity bills up to 300 units that consist of 75 percent of consumers will be able to pay their bills through installments over the next three months. Gas bills would also be paid through 3-month payments.
5. Funds for Emergency Relief and NDMA
The PM announced the allocation of Rs. Fifty billion for procurement of medical equipment. Rs.100 billion has been put up for emergency relief for the ongoing situation due to Corona. The PM also allocated Rs25 billion for National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). He would also unveil a special relief package for the construction sector in the next few days to kick-start different industries to help provide jobs at these difficult times.
In the end, the PM again added that Pakistan could not afford a complete lockdown with a curfew. However, he and the government would be reviewing the situation after a couple of weeks. He further added that provincial governments could make their own decision as per the 18th constitutional amendment.
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