Monday, August 3, 2020

Amit Shah Tests Positive For COVID-19, Attended Cabinet Meet On Wednesday

Home Minister Amit Shah, 55, had taken part in a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, where all safety norms, including social distancing, were followed

New Delhi: 

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has tested positive for coronavirus, which has infected more than 17 lakh people in the country. Sources said he has been admitted to Medanta hospital, located in Haryana's Gurugram near Delhi. In a tweet, the minister said his health was "fine" but he was being hospitalised "on the advice of doctors". He also requested that all those "who have come in contact with me in the last few days, please isolate yourself and get your inquiry done".

Sources said extensive contact tracing will be carried out and anyone who came in contact with the minister will have to self-isolate.

Mr Shah, 55, had taken part in a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, which was attended by all top ministers, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, defence minister Rajnath Singh, and finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman.  All safety norms, including social distancing, were followed at the crucial meet, where the National Education Policy was approved.

Amit Shah Attended Cabinet Meet at PM’s Residence Days Before Testing Positive For COVID-19

Reports claimed that all ministers were wearing masks and social distancing was strictly followed during the meeting, which was convened to approve the National Education Policy 2020.

Sources said there is a strict coronavirus protocol at PM Modi's official residence, where cabinet meetings are held. Apart from the mandatory temperature check and the use of Aarogya Setu app, it also involves some extra measures. The use of cars inside the premises has been stopped.

Apart from Shah,  Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa also tested positive for COVID-19. He has been admitted in a private hospital on the recommendation of doctors.

While most of PM Modi's meetings are now held online, cabinet meetings are not virtual.

On Sunday afternoon, Mr Shah tweeted: "On getting the initial symptoms of coronavirus, I got the test done and the report came back positive. My health is fine, but I am being admitted to the hospital on the advice of doctors. I request that all of you who have come in contact with me in the last few days, please isolate yourself and get your inquiry done," Mr Shah's tweet in Hindi roughly said.

Union Minister Babul Supriyo, one of those who met the Home Minister over the last few days, tweeted, "I had met Honble HM Shri @AmitShah ji day before in the evening. I am advised by Doctors to confine myself, away from my family members, for the next few days with a test to be done soon. Shall abide with all precautionary measures as per Rules & Protocol."

The country logged more than 17 lakh cases of coronavirus today - adding more than one lakh patients to the tally in just two days. The pandemic has claimed the life of a minister in Uttar Pradesh. Kamal Rani Varun, 62, died at Lucknow's Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences this morning.

Government officials said Shah had attended the Cabinet meeting at the PM’s residence last Wednesday but all social distancing norms were followed, including wearing of face masks. Shah usually sits next to the Prime Minister. “The Panchvati Hall in 7, Lok Kalyan Marg is a large one where all cabinet ministers and officials can be seated with required social distancing. Also, the practice of PMO’s internal cars ferrying visitors from the reception has been dropped under the Covid-19 protocol.



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