coronavirus update indiaas on : 25 September 2020 04:51 GMT+5:30
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari Tests Coronavirus Positive
I request everyone who has come in my contact to be careful and follow the protocol. Stay safe. his tweet read.
Nitin Gadkari tests coronavirus positive, isolates himself
New Delhi: Union minister Nitin Gadkari took to twitter to announce that he has tested positive for coronavirus. India's coronavirus number recently crossed the number of 50 lakh. Apart from Mr Gadkari, seven other Union Ministers and two dozen lawmakers were infected from the virus.
17 members of Lok Sabha and 8 members of Rajya Sabha had tested poaitive in the mandatory covid tests before the monsoon session started on Monday. However, at that time, Mr Gadkari had tested negative. According to the sources, the Union M inister's positive result came from a test conducted in Nagpur.
"Yesterday, I was feeling weak and consulted my Doctor. During the course of my check up, I have been tested COVID 19 positive. I am at present doing well with the blessings and good wishes of all. I have isolated myself," Mr Gadkari's tweet read.
I request everyone who has come in my contact to be careful and follow the protocol. Stay safe.— Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) September 16, 2020
In a second tweet, the minster suggested that everyone who came in contact with him follow the safety protocol.
"I request everyone who has come in my contact to be careful and follow the protocol. Stay safe," read the tweet of the 63-year-old, who handles the Road Transport & Highways, Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises portfolios.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Jal Shakti minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Ayush Minister Shirpad Naik, junior agriculture minister Kailash Choudhary, junior minister for heavy industries and parliamentary affairs Arjun Ram Meghwal and petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan have tested positive for COVID 19.
Central government's official leading news conferences on COVID-19, Lav Agarwal had also tested positive.
With a massive spike of 90,123 cases, including 1,290 deaths in 24 hours, India's tally on Wednesday crossed the grim mark of 50 lakh, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The total corona tally stands at 50,20,359 cases.
On July 17, India had logged 10 lakh cases, which then doubled to 20 lakh in 20 days on August 7. The country added another 10 lakh on August 23 and went past 40 lakh on September 5. In 11 days, it added another 10 lakh cases, mounting to 50 lakh cases on Wednesday.
Out of the total cases, 9,95,933 are active, 39,42,360 have been discharged, while 82,066 lost the battle against the viral disease. In the last 24 hours, 82,961 patients were discharged. While the recovery rate stands at a whopping high of 78.53 percent, the fatality rate has come down to 1.63 percent, the data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.