Vijay Rupani tests COVID-19 positive with mild symptoms, confirms hospital; Gujarat CM fainted at a rally

Rupani, 64, was given first aid on the stage after he collapsed. He was then flown in a helicopter from Vadodara to Ahmedabad and admitted at UN Mehta Hospital

Press Trust of India February 15, 2021 16:08:45 IST
Vijay Rupani tests COVID-19 positive with mild symptoms, confirms hospital; Gujarat CM fainted at a rally

File image of Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani. News18

Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani has tested positive for coronavirus , said a hospital where he is admitted after he fainted in a rally on Sunday.

Rupani's sample was collected on Sunday night and sent for RT-PCR test which has come out positive for coronavirus , said a health bulletin issued by the hospital on Monday.

He has mild symptoms, it added.

Rupani, 64, was given first aid on the stage after he collapsed. He was later seen descending the stairs of the stage on his own. He was then flown in a helicopter from Vadodara to Ahmedabad and admitted at UN Mehta Hospital.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi enquired about Rupani's health over phone, said a statement issued by the Chief Minister's Office. Modi told Rupani to get himself thoroughly checked and to take proper rest, it said.

This was Rupani's third political rally during the day in Vadodara. "Rupani fainted on stage and I gave him a primary medical treatment. He was fine and walked back to his car from the stage," said Vadodara city BJP president Dr Vijay Shah, who was present on the dais at the time of the incident.

BJP leader Bharat Danger told reporters that the chief minister collapsed while addressing the public meeting in Nizampura area. "Rupani's security guards caught hold of him when he fell. He was given first aid and was taken to the airport (from where he flew to Ahmedabad)," he said.

"Rupani was unwell for the last two days, but instead of cancelling his public meetings held in Jamnagar on Saturday and in Vadodara on Sunday, he preferred to continue," Danger said.

Elections to six municipal corporations including Vadodara will be held on 21 February while those for municipalities, districts and taluka panchayats will be held on 28 February.

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