Amit Shah tests +ve; attended last cabinet meeting
NEWDELHI, 2nd Aug: After taking personal charge of controlling the spiralling numbers of Covid-19 cases in the national capital and bringing them down to below a thousand per day, Union Home Minister Amit Shah has himself tested positive for the infectious disease.
Disclosing it on Twitter, Shah said that he got himself tested after "initial signs" of coronavirus. He said that he is fine but is getting admitted to a hospital on advice of doctors.
He also urged everyone who has come in contact with him in recent days to self-isolate and get themselves tested. Government sources said he was present in the last cabinet meeting. However, the same sources insist that social distancing was strictly followed, along with wearing of masks, at the cabinet meeting. "There is a strict protocol at the PM's residence in the last few months. Temperature checks, Aarogya Setu checks, no use of internal cars to ferry people are some of the measures adopted," the source added. The source also stressed that most physical meetings are avoided and video conferences are, instead, preferred.
After the news spread, top politicians including BJP President JP Nadda, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav wished Shah a speedy recovery.
Earlier, BJP leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, and party spokesman Sambit Patra were also infected. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shvraj Singh Chouhan, who tested positive too, is also admitted to hospital.
According to the protocol of contact tracing, those who came in contact with him recently, particularly the last 10 days, will be asked to undergo Covid-19 tests.
Shah has been leading Delhi's fight against the deadly pandemic from the front. After Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia apprehended that the national capital will have more than 5 lakh cases of Covid-19 by the end of July and the Supreme Court too came down harshly on the Delhi government for its handling of the pandemic, Shah took it upon himself to ramp up the capital's heath infrastructure and empower hospitals with necessary equipment like PPE kits and ventilators.