Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday announced that he has tested positive for the coronavirus. The minister said he got tested after exhibiting initial symptoms of the infection.
“My health is fine but I am being admitted to the hospital on advice of doctors,” Shah tweeted. “I request all of you who have come in contact with me in the last few days to please isolate yourself and get your tests done.”
The Union minister has been admitted to the Medanta Hospital in Gurugram and his health condition is being observed, according to The Hindu. Doctors at the hospital told the newspaper that Shah has comorbidities that make him vulnerable to the virus.
Minutes after Shah tweeted about testing positive, social media users pointed out images of him not wearing his mask at an indoor event. On Saturday, the Union minister addressed the inaugural session of a webinar organised by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations on freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak’s 100th death anniversary.
Shah was also present in the last Cabinet meeting, where the New Education Policy was approved, according to The Indian Express. Some reports suggested that the central government has said all the rules were followed during the Cabinet meeting.
Meanwhile, Union minister Babul Supriyo said he had met Shah on Saturday evening and will go into self-isolation. “I am advised by doctors to confine myself, away from my family members, for the next few days with a test to be done soon,” he tweeted. “Shall abide with all precautionary measures as per rules and protocol.”
Bharatiya Janata Party and Opposition leaders wished the home minister a quick recovery.
India’s coronavirus count crossed the 17-lakh mark on Sunday morning after 54,735 new cases were reported in 24 hours. There are now 17,50,723 cases, while the toll rose by 853 to 37,364.