Himachal Pradesh chief minister Jairam Thakur tests positive for coronavirus, goes into self-isolation

Earlier, ten MLAs in the 68-member state Assembly had contracted the infection. Urban Development Minister Suresh Bhardwaj tested positive for COVID-19 on 7 October.

Press Trust of India October 12, 2020 19:31:29 IST
Himachal Pradesh chief minister Jairam Thakur tests positive for coronavirus, goes into self-isolation

File image of Himachal Pradesh chief minister Jai Ram Thakur. Twitter/@airnewsalerts

Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur on Monday said he has tested positive for COVID-19 .

Thakur, in a tweet, said he had quarantined himself at his residence last week after coming in contact with someone who had coronavirus .
"On doctor's advice, I have isolated myself at my official residence," he added.

Since the pandemic began, apart from Thakur, his Karnataka counterpart BS Yediyurappa and Haryana chief minister ML Khattar have tested positive earlier.

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prema Khandu too tested positive last month but a repeat test came out negative.

Before that, Power Minister Sukhram Chaudhary and Jal Shakti Minister Mahender Singh Thakur tested positive for COVID-19 . Both the ministers have recovered from the virus.

Power Minister Chaudhary and Doon MLA Paramjeet Singh had attended the Monsoon Session last month after their recovery.

Jal Shakti Minister Mahender Singh Thakur resumed his duty in state secretariat on 21 September after his recovery. He had tested positive on 3 September. He could not attend the session which was held from 7 to 18 September.

BJP MLA Surender Shourie on Tuesday said he has tested positive for COVID-19 on 2 October.

Nachan BJP MLA Vinod Kumar Chauhan had tested COVID positive for the infection on 22 September, Sundernagar BJP MLA Rakesh Jamwal had tested positive on 20 September, two days after the monsoon session of the Assembly adjourned sine die.

On the first day of the session on 7 September, BJP MLA from Indora Reeta Devi had tested positive. She had attended the session before her COVID-19 test was conducted.

Nalagarh Congress MLA Lakhwinder Rana tested positive on 6 September. Rohru MLA Mohanlal Brakta also tested positive a few weeks ago.

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