Union Home Minister and former BJP president Amit Shah | Photo: ANI
Union Home Minister Amit Shah | ANI File photo
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New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah tested positive for Covid-19 Sunday and was admitted to the Medanta hospital in Gurugram for treatment.

In a tweet, 55-year-old Shah said he got himself tested after some initial symptoms surfaced, and was found positive for the novel coronavirus. He said though he was feeling well, he was being admitted to the hospital on the advice of his doctors.

Shah also requested the people who came in touch with him in the last few days to isolate themselves and also undergo a test.

According to a source, Shah got tested Sunday morning and his report came by late afternoon.

“After he started showing mild symptoms, his doctors suggested that he gets tested. He got tested and his report came positive, following which he was isolated. All his staff have been asked to isolate themselves,” the source said.


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Who all came in touch with him?

On Saturday, Shah attended a webinar to mark the 100th death anniversary of freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak, titled ‘Lokmanya Tilak: Swaraj to Atmanirbhar Bharat’, which was organised by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations.

Before that, on Wednesday, Shah was present at the cabinet meeting that approved the new National Education Policy (NEP). There, Shah had come in direct contact with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar and HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’.

According to a second source, Shah had had several engagements in and outside the ministry. He had gone to meet Javadekar at his residence and had also met BJP president J.P. Nadda.

Moreover, the civil servants with whom Shah worked closely have been alerted.

“Every morning, Amit Shah takes a meeting with his staff and then all the officials at his office in North Block. Another meeting then takes place late afternoon. He also has engagements outside North Block,” the source said.

“Although he had been taking all precautions, his staff and the bureaucrats he was working with closely have been asked to isolate themselves and monitor their health,” the source said.

Ministers of State for Home Affairs G. Kishan Reddy and Nityanand Rai have also been asked to monitor themselves for symptoms.

“More than a dozen bureaucrats, staff members and even ministers have been alerted. They have been asked to get themselves tested,” the second source added.

Sources also said Shah had also met senior BJP leader L.K. Advani on 22 July, as well as party general secretary and Rajya Sabha MP Bhupendra Yadav.

(With inputs from Shanker Arnimesh) 


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6 COMMENTS

  1. Feed this Hindu terrorist cow muutra and cow dung. Bhaghvvan ka laakh laakh shukur hai, finally the COVID-19 has recognized the real virus.

  2. Hope he gets well soon! Don’t want India to be like Pakistan with most of the cabinet members testing positive.
    Allah unko jald sehat yab kray.

  3. At least Ram has denied permission to one Nasur from attending the function at Ayodhya. Hope the other one is also kept out from there. It is also heartening to note that other senior culprits have also been relegated to watching the proceedings from the sidelines through a video link. A temple being constructed on a site which was obtained over the bodies of so many people in the wake of a Rath Yatra, whose primary function was the revival of a sinking political party, cannot have a Lord that symbolizes fairness and equity residing there. It will simply be a beautiful monument, much like the Taj Mahal, which is nothing but a beautiful grave stone made of marble. Marble as we know, covers a lot of sins.

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