Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Thursday tested positive for coronavirus, he said in a tweet. He is, however, asymptomatic. The 69-year-old Congress leader had isolated himself on Wednesday after his wife tested positive, according to NDTV.
“My Covid test report too came positive today,” Gehlot said in a tweet in Hindi. “I have no symptoms, and I am feeling fine. I will continue working while in isolation, while following Covid-19 protocols.”
Several political leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished for his speedy recovery.
Rajasthan reported 120 Covid-19 deaths and a record 16,613 positive cases on Wednesday, taking the overall figure to 3,926 fatalities and 5,63,577 infections, according to official data. The number of active cases also rose to 1,63,372, the report showed.
India on Thursday set yet another grim record with 3,79,257 new coronavirus cases, taking the total number of infections since the pandemic broke out in January 2020 to 1,83,76,524. This is the highest ever single-day rise in cases reported by any country so far, and the eighth consecutive day when India has recorded more than 3 lakh cases.
India also recorded 3,645 deaths in a day for the first time, taking the toll to 2,04,832. The number of active cases has crossed the 30-lakh mark.