In a shocking development, Union Home Minister Amit Shah has been tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, becoming the first cabinet minister in the Modi's cabinet to confirmed to have contracted to the viral infection.
On Sunday, he took to Twitter and issued the conformity that he has been spelled positive. He said, 'On getting the initial symptoms of Coronavirus, I got the test done and the report came back positive. I am feeling okay, but on the advice of the doctors I am getting myself admitted into a hospital', the Home Minister stated.
He further said, 'I request everyone who has come in contact with me over the last few days please isolate and get yourselves tested'. According to the reports, Amit Shah (55) has been admitted to Medanta Hospital in Gurugram, near Delhi and the minister took part in the Union cabinet meeting that held a few days back. On Saturday, Amit Shah took part in the inaugural session of a webinar organized by Indian Council for Cultural Relations on Bal Gangadhar Tilak's 100th death anniversary.
The reports stated that extensive contact tracing would be carried out. The shocking development has come hours after Uttar Pradesh Education Minister Kamal Rani Varun had died due to the COVID-19 viral infection. The minister has passed away at 62 and she has become the first minister in Uttar Pradesh cabinet to succumb to the global pandemic.
Amit Shah is expected to attend the groundbreaking ceremony of Lord Ram Temple in Ayodhya on August 5. However, as he has now been tested positive, its less likely that he would be taking part in the ceremony in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be laying the foundation stone for the construction of Lord Ram Temple.
Earlier, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had tested positive for the virus, becoming the first Chief Minister in India to test positive. He has been under treatment in Bhopal as the rapid spread of the viral infection has got the grounds of spread around the top government machinery both in the states and the Center.
On Sunday, India has reported 55,000 fresh cases, according to the Union Health Ministry, which took the country's tally beyond 17 lakh. In the last 24 hours, India has also recorded 853 fresh deaths.