MORE POLITI­CIANS TEST COVID POS­I­TIVE

PRAD­HAN, EX-K’TAKA CM SID­DARA­MA­IAH LAT­EST TO BE IN­FECTED

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - - Gurugram - let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: Union pe­tro­leum min­is­ter Dhar­men­dra Prad­han on Tues­day tested pos­i­tive for coro­n­avirus dis­ease (Covid-19) and has been ad­mit­ted to Medanta Hos­pi­tal for treat­ment.

In a tweet, Prad­han said he has been ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal af­ter test­ing pos­i­tive. Fifty-oneyear-old Prad­han had de­vel­oped Covid-19 symp­toms on Mon­day and was tested on Tues­day.

“Af­ter see­ing symp­toms of Covid-19, I got tested. The re­port has come pos­i­tive,” he tweeted. “On the ad­vice of doc­tors, I have been ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal and I am healthy.”

Sources said Prad­han had met Union home min­is­ter Amit Shah, who was ad­mit­ted to Medanta on Sun­day af­ter test­ing pos­i­tive for coro­n­avirus, last week. Shah’s staff had also tested pos­i­tive for Covid-19 ear­lier and are in iso­la­tion.

Prad­han is the sec­ond mem­ber of the Naren­dra Modi cab­i­net af­ter Shah to test pos­i­tive for coro­n­avirus.

Union law min­is­ter Ravi Shankar Prasad took to Twit­ter to an­nounce that he has iso­lated him­self as a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure af­ter a meet­ing on Satur­day with home min­is­ter Amit Shah who has tested pos­i­tive for Covid-19.

Union min­is­ter Babul Supriyo also went into self-iso­la­tion as he too had met Shah.

Other se­nior politi­cians to have tested pos­i­tive for Covid-19 in­clude Mad­hya Pradesh chief min­is­ter Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Kar­nataka chief min­is­ter BS Yediyu­rappa and for­mer Kar­nataka chief min­is­ter Sid­dhara­ma­iah.

Tripura chief min­is­ter Bi­plab Kumar Deb had tested nega­tive for Covid-19, but has quar­an­tined him­self at home for a week af­ter two of his fam­ily mem­bers tested pos­i­tive for the in­fec­tion.

Tamil Nadu gov­er­nor Ban­war­i­lal Puro­hit has also been di­ag­nosed with the in­fec­tion and is be­ing treated at the Kau­very Hos­pi­tal.

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