Delhi Environment Minister Gopal Rai tests positive for COVID-19; third minister in Kejriwal govt to get infected

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Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai has been tested positive for COVID-19. Taking to Twitter, the Aam Aadmi Party leader urged everyone who came in contact with him to get tested.

“I got a coronavirus test after experiencing initial symptoms. My report shows I am Covid-positive”, Rai wrote on Twitter in Hindi. 

Rai is the third minister in the Arvind Kejriwal government to have contracted the virus.

Earlier, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Health Minister Satyendar Jain had been infected with the coronavirus.

The environment minister has requested those who recently came in contact with him to undergo a test for COVID-19.

An official said that Rai, who is also AAP’s Delhi convenor, had met party workers around Diwali.

The minister had not attended the all-party meeting convened by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to discuss the COVID-19 situation in Delhi on November 19 as he was not feeling well.

Delhi is currently witnessing the third wave of Covid-19 and registered 5,246 fresh cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday.

India’s COVID-19 caseload increased to 92.66 lakh with 44,489 new infections being reported in a day, while the recoveries surged to 86.79 lakh, the Union health ministry said on Thursday.

The country’s coronavirus tally mounted to 92,66,705, while the death toll climbed to 1,35,223 with 524 new fatalities, the ministry data updated at 8 am showed.

The 524 new fatalities include 99 from Delhi, 65 from Maharashtra, 51 from West Bengal, 42 from Haryana, 31 from Punjab, 29 from Uttar Pradesh and 26 from Kerala.

The COVID-19 active caseload has risen to 4,52,344, an increase of 7,598 cases from Wednesday, even though it remained below 5 lakh for the 16th consecutive day.

(Inputs from PTI)

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