Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit has, on Sunday, tested positive for the COVID-19 viral infection, becoming the first Governor in India to get affected to the global pandemic.
According to the reports close to the development, Banwarilal Purohit (80) has been admitted to the Kauvery hospital in Chennai. The hospital has said that the Honourable Governor of Tamil Nadu Shri Banwarilal Purohit tested positive for COVID-19. He is asymptomatic and clinically stable. He had undergone further testing and assessments at the hospital on Sunday.
The hospital further stated that the Governor has been advised to stay under home isolation as he had shown mild symptoms. The development has come amid being quarantined at the Raj Bhawan for seven days. The Governor has been kept under quarantine since July 29 after 84 staff members attached to the governor's official residence spelled positive for the virus.
All these 84 members include fire and security personnel in the premises and the official press release from the Governor's office said that none of these staff members had come in contact with the Governor. Last week, Raj Bhawan said that 38 more people at the premises had gone through testing for COVID-19 of which three tested positive while the rest tested negative.
The three positive cases have been taken to the hospital by the health department and getting treated. While the state of Tamil Nadu was shocked to learn that the Governor has tested positive for the virus on Sunday, the nation had witnessed another shocking development after Union Home Minister Amit Shah said he has tested positive for the viral infection on Sunday.
The home minister has become the first to get contracted to the virus in the Modi's cabinet and he has been getting treated in a Medanta Hospital in Gurugram, near Delhi. Earlier on the day, Uttar Pradesh Education Minister Kamal Rani Varun had died of the COVID-19 viral infection, becoming the first minister in the state to get succumbed to the global pandemic.
As of Saturday, Tamil Nadu has reported 2,51,738 cases so far of which 56,738 are active, 1,90,966 have been recovered, and 4,034 had succumbed to the virus.