BJP leader Uma Bharti tests positive for coronavirus

She said she got tested after a mild fever

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BJP leader Uma Bharti announced that she has tested positive for coronavirus. In a tweet, she urged everybody who came in contact with her to get tested. "I got tested after I had mild fever. I am quarantined at Vande Mataram Kunj between Haridwar and Rishikesh. I will get another test after four days. If the situation remains the same, will consult doctors,” she tweeted.

India had, on Sunday, registered 88,600 new cases of the virus. All eyes are now on vaccine development. The government-run KEM Hospital on Saturday will administer, as part of human trial, Oxford University's Covishield vaccine for coronavirus to three persons, said hospital dean Hemant Deshmukh. "We have screened 13 persons so far including 10 today, of which three will get the first shot of Oxford University-AstraZeneca developed Covishield vaccine on Saturday," he said. Another person will get placebo as part of the standard testing procedure, he added. KEM is the first hospital in Mumbai where human trials of the vaccine, being manufactured in the country by Pune-based Serum Institute of India, began on Saturday.

More than five million people have been infected with coronavirus but the healthcare system of India has shown great efficiency in providing diagnostic and management facilities as well as keeping the mortality at minimum' and recovery at maximum', Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Friday. He was speaking at an event to mark the 65th Foundation Day of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi. He said the country's continuously rising COVID-19 recovery rate and progressively falling case fatality rate have proven the success of the containment strategy followed by all states/UTs, the health ministry said in a statement. "We have successfully ramped up our testing capacity which has touched nearly 15 lakh milestone today with more than 1,800 testing labs spread across the country.

-Inputs from PTI

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