After Amit Shah, Petroleum Minister Pradhan tests positive for COVID-19

Sources said Pradhan had last week met Home Minister Amit Shah

Dharmendra-Pradhan-pti (File) Union Minister for Petroleum, Natural Gas and Skill Development Dharmendra Pradhan | PTI

Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, on Tuesday, tested positive for COVID-19 and has been admitted to Medanta Hospital in Gurugram, Haryana.

In a tweet, Pradhan said he has been admitted to hospital after testing positive of COVID-19. Pradhan, 51, had developed COVID-like symptoms on Monday and was tested on Tuesday.

"After seeing symptoms of COVID-19, I got tested. The report has come positive," he tweeted. "On the advice of doctors, I have been admitted to hospital and I am healthy."

Sources said Pradhan had last week met Home Minister Amit Shah, who was admitted to Medanta on Sunday after testing positive of coronavirus.

His staff too had earlier tested positive and have been in isolation since.

Pradhan is one of the several high-profile names to have tested positive.

Others include Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa and former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit has also been diagnosed with the infection and is being treated at privately-owned Kauvery Hospital.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik spoke to Pradhan and wished for his speedy recovery from COVID-19.

“Concerned to know about the hospitalisation of Honble Union Minister @dpradhanbjp after being tested positive for #COVID19. Spoke with him and wished for a quick recovery & good health,” Patnaik tweeted.

Four Odisha MLAs were earlier diagnosed with COVID-19 and all of them have recovered, sources in the state assembly said.