Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Tamil Nadu Governor Baniwarilal Purohit had tested negative for the COVID-19 viral infection on Friday, twelve days after they both spelled positive for the global pandemic.
On Friday, Amit Shah said that he had tested negative for the viral infection and he will be under home quarantine for the next few days as per the advice of the doctors. Taking to Twitter, the Home Minister wrote in Hindi that, "Today, my corona test report has come and it is negative. I thank God and also express my heartfelt gratitude for all those who wished me for my recovery and gave strength to my family. I will be in home isolation for a few more days on the advice of the doctors".
He also thanked the doctors and paramedical staff of Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon for giving him treatment and helping him fight against the infection. The Home Minister was getting treated in Medanta Hospital since August 2, after becoming the first Union Minister in Modi's cabinet to test positive for the viral infection.
On August 2, he took to Twitter and issued the conformity that he has spelled positive for the viral infection. On the same day, Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit had tested positive for the virus, hours ahead of the Home Minister and Purohit has become the first Governor in India to test positive, a week after some of the staff members at the Tamil Nadu Raj Bhavan had spelled positive for the viral infection.
Following the Home Minister, Tamil Nadu Governor Purohit had also tested negative for the global pandemic on Friday. The Governor was under treatment in Kauvery Hospital in Chennai and on Friday, the hospital said, "We are very pleased to inform that Governor Banwarilal Purohit has tested negative for COVID-19. His grit and determination have helped in his speedy recovery and he continues to remain active.
According to the reports, the governor was under home isolation in Raj Bhavan as his infection was mild and the team of doctors from the Kauvery hospital had monitored his health at the Raj Bhavan. Earlier, the hospital had said that the government continues to be asymptomatic, active, and doing well. The development from the Raj Bhavan came after around 85 staff members attached to the governor's residence had tested positive for the viral infection.
Along with the Union Home Minister and the Tamil Nadu Governor, some of the national figures like Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and his Karnataka counterpart BS Yediruppa, former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had tested positive for the viral infection and all of them had recovered.
As of Friday - August 14, Tamil Nadu has reported 3,26,245 cases so far of which 53,716 are active, 2,67,015 have been recovered, and 5,514 had succumbed to the virus. According to the Union Health Ministry, India has reported 24,61,191 positive cases so far as of Friday morning 8 am of which 17,51,555 have been discharged, and 48,040 had died of the viral infection.