Shah tests positive for virus, UP minister dies
August 03 2020 12:09 AM
Amit Shah
Amit Shah (File Picture)

IANS/New Delhi

After taking personal charge of controlling the spiralling numbers of Covid-19 cases in the national capital and bringing them down to below a thousand per day, Union Home Minister Amit Shah has himself tested positive for the infectious disease.
Disclosing it on Twitter, Shah said that he got himself tested after “initial signs” of coronavirus.
He said he is fine but is getting admitted to a hospital on the advice of doctors.
He also urged everyone who has come in contact with him in recent days to self-isolate and get themselves tested.
According to the protocol of contact tracing, those who came in contact with him recently, particularly the last 10 days, will be asked to undergo Covid-19 tests.
After the news spread, top politicians including BJP president J P Nadda, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and BJP general secretary Ram Madhav wished Shah a speedy recovery.
Shah has been leading Delhi’s fight against the deadly pandemic from the front.
After Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia apprehended that the national capital will have more than 500,000 cases of Covid-19 by the end of July and the Supreme Court too came down harshly on the Delhi government for its handling of the pandemic, Shah took it upon himself to ramp up the capital’s heath infrastructure and empower hospitals with necessary equipments like PPE kits and ventilators.
Earlier, BJP leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, and party spokesman Sambit Patra were also detected to have the disease.
Even now, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shvraj Singh Chouhan, who had also tested positive, is admitted to hospital.
Meanwhile, the Yogi Adityanath government has announced a state mourning after the death of Uttar Pradesh Minister Kamala Rani Varun.
The minister, aged 62, died of coronavirus yesterday.
She had been admitted to the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) on July 18.
The council of minister held a condolence meeting and observed a two-minute silence on the occasion.
According to an official statement issued by Prof R K Dhiman, director SGPGIMS, the minister had comorbidities in form of diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and hypothyroidism.

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