KP Housing Minister Dr Amjid Ali. - A file photo

PESHAWAR: Another minister in the cabinet of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mehmood Khan has tested positive for coronavirus.

Minister for Housing Dr Amjid Ali has confirmed that he has been diagnosed with coronavirus. He said he went for a test after feeling symptoms of fever and flue for the last few days which came back as positive on Wednesday. He said he has quarantined himself for the last four days.

Dr Amjid Ali said he used to frequently visit quarantine centres and hospitals during the lockdown and also distributed ration among the deserving people in his constituency. He appealed to the people to pray for the recovery of all the coronavirus patients.

Few days ago, the coronavirus test of Adviser to CM on Local Government Kamran Bangash came back as positive after which he quarantined himself in his home. However, all his family members remained safe from the disease.

A Member National Assembly from the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) Munir Khan Orakzai has also been tested positive and his two brothers and two nephews have also contracted the virus.

The highest public office holder affected from the virus is Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser who is also in home quarantine. His son and daughter have also been infected.

Public office holders remain at greater risk of contracting the virus as they had to meet different people to carry out official work as well as take care of their voters who are in difficulty during the lockdown. Around the world, several public office holders, including prime ministers of some countries, have contracted coronavirus.

Meanwhile, Adviser to CM Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Information Ajmal Wazir said most of the population even cannot afford a shorter lockdown due to economic problems and poverty.

The adviser said the policies will be formulated will keeping the interest of the poor paramount. He said previously the policies were formed keeping in view the interests of the elites.

Ajmal Wazir said that the country was already suffering from economic crisis and the available resources did not allow a complete lockdown since many people in the country live below the poverty line.