Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has, on Saturday, tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19), becoming the first Chief Minister in India confirmed to have contracted to the viral infection.
The Chief Minister took to Twitter and issued conformity that he has spelled positive for the pandemic. In his message that he wrote in Hindi, Chouhan said 'I was having COVID-19 symptoms and, after a test, my report came back positive. I'm following all the guidelines and will quarantine myself according to the doctor's advice'.
He further appealed to the public and his colleagues to take all possible precautions to mitigate the infection. He said, 'I appeal to the people of my state to be careful, just a little carelessness invites the coronavirus. I made every effort to avoid the virus but people used to meet me on many subjects'.
The Chief Minister further urged people who came in close proximity with him to get tested for the viral infection. According to Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishar, the Chief Minister will be admitted to the Chirayu Hospital in Bhopal. The reports stated that all close contacts of the Chief Minister have been quarantined.
Home Minister Mishra will also be tested for the infection as he has had very close contact with the Chief Minister. Shivraj Singh Chouhan has called his supporters not to get panic and assured that he would continue to lead efforts to contain the spread of the virus in the state despite his medical condition.
According to the Union Health Ministry, Madhya Pradesh has reported 26,210 COVID-19 cases so far as of Saturday morning 8 am of which 7,553 are active, 17,866 have been discharged, and 791 had succumbed to the virus. India has reported 13,36,861 cases so far of which 4,56,071 are active, 8,49,432 have discharged, and 31,358 had died due to the viral infection.