“The whole world is facing the coronavirus pandemic. And health workers the world over are helping hundreds of thousands of people affected by this virus,” said Faisal Edhi, who is also son of Edhi Foundation founder Abdul Sattar Edhi, in a video message.
“I’ve also tested positive for the coronavirus,” said Faisal, who had been on the forefront in the fight against the pandemic which has infected nearly 10,000 people in Pakistan since February 26.
“There is no need to worry.
A lot of people contract this virus and recover. I’m sure I’ll also recover,” he added in the video message.
“I also want to send a message to hundreds of thousands of other corona-positive people not to worry because 80% of Covid-19 patients are asymptomatic and don’t even know they have contracted the virus,” he said.
“In 15-20% cases, the patients develop symptoms and in some cases it could become dangerous,” he added. “Still there is no need to panic.
The world will fight this pandemic and in the end humanity will emerge victorious.”
Faisal called upon volunteers and workers of the Edhi Foundation not to worry about his Covid-19 test. “The Edhi Foundation work shall not be affected in any way.
I’ll recover and will soon be amongst you to be part of the anti-virus battle,” he said while directly addressing his workers.
Earlier, Edhi Foundation spokesperson Mohammad Bilal also confirmed Faisal has tested positive, saying that the Covid-19 test was conducted two days ago at Al-Shifa hospital in Islamabad.
“We assume he has contracted the virus in Islamabad, where he has been staying for a week,” he added. He went for the coronavirus test because he had been running an explained fever.
Faisal Edhi, who had also met Prime Minister Imran Khan five days back, has put himself in self-quarantine at Edhi Home in Islamabad.
“We haven’t tested any of his family members yet or any other person he has come in contact with,” the spokesperson said.