Union minister Nitin Gadkari tests COVID-19 positive, goes into self-isolation

“I am doing well at present,” the minister said.

Nitin-Gadkari-2 Union minister Nitin Gadkari | R.S. GOPAN

Union minister Nitin Gadkari said on Wednesday that he has tested positive for coronavirus and gone into self-isolation. The minister also requested everyone who has come in his contact to follow required protocols.

“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,” the 63-year-old BJP leader said on Twitter.

"I request everyone who has come in my contact to be careful and follow the protocol. Stay safe," he said in another tweet.

At least seven Union ministers, including Home Minister Amit Shah, and two dozen MPs have been infected by the disease so far. 

Meanwhile, the total coronavirus cases in India mounted to 50,20,359, while the death toll climbed to 82,066 with a record 1,290 people succumbing to the disease in a span of 24 hours, said Union health ministry on Wednesday.

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