Covid-19 Impact : Union Home Minister Amit Shah Tests Covid-19 Positive; Hospitalised

The pandemic has claimed the life of a minister from Uttar Pradesh. Kamal Rani Varun, 62, died at Lucknow's Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences this morning.

Covid-19 Impact : Union Home Minister Amit Shah Tests Covid-19 Positive; Hospitalised
Union Home Minister Amit Shah

Union home minister Amit Shah has tested positive for coronavirus, which has infected more than 17 lakh people in the country. Sources said he has been admitted to Medanta hospital, located in Haryana's Gurugram near Delhi. In a tweet, the minister said his health was "fine" but he was being hospitalised "on the advice of doctors". The country logged more than 17 lakh cases of coronavirus today -- adding more than 1 lakh patients to the tally in just two days.

Mr Shah. 55, had taken part in a cabinet meeting a few days ago. Sources said extensive contact tracing will be carried out and anyone who came in contact with the minister will have to self-isolate.

"On getting the initial symptoms of coronavirus, I got the test done and the report came back positive. My health is fine, but I am being admitted to the hospital on the advice of doctors. I request that all of you who have come in contact with me in the last few days, please isolate yourself and get your inquiry done," Mr Shah's tweet in Hindi roughly said.

The pandemic has claimed the life of a minister from Uttar Pradesh. Kamal Rani Varun, 62, died at Lucknow's Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences this morning.

Last week, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan tested positive for the virus. He has been in hospital for nine days, and tweeted today to say that he was well.

Tamil Nadu's Governor Banwarilal Purohit has also tested positive for coronavirus, said Chennai's Kauvery Hospital, where he has been admitted. He is asymptomatic and clinically stable, the hospital said.

Source : NDTV