Rahul tests positive for Covid-19, PM wishes speedy recovery

Union minister Jitendra Singh and senior Congress leader Anand Sharma too test positive for coronavirus.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday tested positive for Covid-19. Giving out the information on Twitter, he urged people who came in contact with him in last few days to follow required protocols.

“After experiencing mild symptoms, I’ve just tested positive for Covid. All those who’ve been in contact with me recently, please follow all safety protocols and stay safe,” the Wayanad MP wrote on the microblogging site.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday wished Rahul Gandhi good health and speedy recovery. “I pray for the good health and quick recovery of Lok Sabha MP Shri Rahul Gandhi Ji,” tweeted Prime Minister Modi.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also wished for the speedy recovery of Rahul Gandhi. “I pray for ur good health and speedy recovery,” tweeted Kejriwal.

Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma too tested positive for Covid-19 and has been shifted to a private hospital in Gurgaon, PTI reported Tuesday.

The 68-year-old Sharma, who was admitted to the Delhi’s Apollo Hospital late last night, tested positive for the infection Tuesday and has now been shifted to the Gurgaon’s Medanta Hospital, sources close to him told PTI.

In view of India’s Covid-19 situation, Rahul Gandhi had earlier suspended his campaign for the ongoing Assembly elections in West Bengal and urged others to “think about consequences of holding large rallies”.

On Monday, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was admitted to the trauma centre of All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) in Delhi after testing positive for the virus.

The day also saw Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region Jitendra Singh saying that he has contracted the Covid-19 virus.

Confirming it on Twitter, Singh said “I have today tested Covid positive with symptoms. Please get yourself screened if you were in my contact recently and take care.”

Over the last few days amid the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic being witnessed in the country, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju, Chief Ministers of Telangana K. Chandrasekhar Rao, and Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath, and many others have tested positive.

In the last 24 hours, India reported as many as 259,170 new Covid-19 infections and 1,761 deaths, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday.