Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan tests positive for COVID-19, admitted to Medanta Hospital

Pradhan, who had met Amit Shah last week, is the second Union minister after the home minister to have tested positive for coronavirus

Press Trust of India August 04, 2020 20:39:09 IST
Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan tests positive for COVID-19, admitted to Medanta Hospital

New Delhi: Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Tuesday tested positive for coronavirus and has been admitted to Medanta Hospital.

In a tweet, Pradhan said he has been admitted to hospital after testing positive of COVID-19. Pradhan, 51, had developed COVID-like symptoms on Monday and was tested on Tuesday.

"After seeing symptoms of COVID-19, I got tested. The report has come positive," he tweeted. "On the advice of doctors, I have been admitted to hospital and I am healthy," he tweeted in Hindi.

Sources told news agency PTI that Pradhan had last week met Home Minister Amit Shah, who was admitted to Medanta on Sunday after testing positive for coronavirus.

His staff too had earlier tested positive and has been isolation since.

Pradhan is one of the several high-profile names to have tested positive. Others include Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa and former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddharamaiah.

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit has also been diagnosed with the infection and is being treated at privately-owned Kauvery Hospital.

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