Amit Shah tests positive for COVID-19, hospitalised

The home minister was admitted to Medanta hospital in Gurugram

Union Home Minister Amit Shah | PTI Union Home Minister Amit Shah | PTI

Union Home Minister Amit Shah was admitted to Medanta hospital in Gurugram on Sunday after he tested positive for coronavirus.

The 55-year-old senior BJP leader took to Twitter to inform about his health and requested all those who have come in contact with him in the last few days to get themselves isolated.

“I have undergone a coronavirus test after showing initial symptoms and have tested positive. My health is fine but I am being admitted to the hospital on advice of doctors,” Shah said in a tweet.

“I request all of you who have come in contact with me in the last few days to please isolate yourself and get your inquiry done,” he further said.

Shah is the first Indian cabinet minister to fall victim to the pandemic. The last known public function which Shah attended was on Saturday at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) where he addressed a webinar on the occasion of the 100th death anniversary of Bal Gangadhar Tilak. About 50 people were physically present at the event.

Shah was also present at the last meeting of the Union cabinet held on Wednesday by following strict social distancing norms along with wearing of masks.

Top political leaders, including BJP president J.P. Nadda, Rahul Gandhi of the Congress, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, wished Shah a speedy recovery. 

Over 17 lakh people in the country have so far infected with the deadly virus, with nearly one lakh people testing positive in the last two days alone. According to the Union health ministry, 54,735 cases were reported in the last 24 hours.

Total number of active cases in India is now 567,730, while over 37,000 people have succumbed to the virus so far. 

On Sunday, Uttar Pradesh Minister Kamal Rani Varun died of COVID-19 at Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPIMS) in Lucknow.

The 64-year-old minister, who tested positive for COVID-19 on July 18, had comorbidities, including diabetes, hypertension and hyperthyroidism, a senior doctor at the hospital said.