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    New Delhi (Sputnik): The novel coronavirus pandemic has affected 199 countries, infecting some of the world's most famous personalities including the UK’s Prince Charles, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Hollywood celebrities like Tom Hanks, and even Sophie Grégoire Trudeau – the wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

    On Friday evening, a UK-based news channel, Arise News, aired a ticker claiming that Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has tested positive for Coronavirus.

    ​Even though the Pakistani PM did not address the claim himself, Fawad Hussain Chaudhry who is Pakistan's federal minister of science and technology, hit back at a journalist who shared the news on Twitter, stressing that Khan was "absolutely fine".

    ​While Arise News has yet to comment on the uproar, netizens have flooded social media with their concerns over the news, with some saying that Khan should show the test to the media if the report is fake.

    ​Later, Arslan Khalid, who according to his Twitter bio is the “focal person to Prime Minister Khan on digital media” revealed that the English media house had “made a mistake”, while urging people to restrain from further sharing the video clip.

    ​A statement from Khan on his health status has yet to be received.

    Similar reports claiming England’s 93-year-old Queen Elizabeth II has also tested positive for coronavirus began surfacing on social media after her son Prince Charles and Prime Minister Johnson caught the infection.

    ​As soon as the news began shattering social media, Buckingham Palace issued a statement saying Her Royal Majesty, the Queen remains in good health.

    Since December 2019, the virus has infected over 597,000 people across the globe, resulting in the deaths of over 27,000 real-time statistics platform Worldometer notes.

    There are about 1,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and eight deaths in Pakistan, as of Friday.

    Coronavirus Puts Nations on Lockdown (264)


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