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Shivraj Singh Chouhan tests positive for coronavirus

Shivraj Singh Chouhan tests positive for coronavirus

Sidharth Yadav


July 25, 2020 13:02 IST


July 25, 2020 14:13 IST

In another tweet, the Chief Minister said that if detected and treated on time, COVID-19 infection can be cured.

In another tweet, the Chief Minister said that if detected and treated on time, COVID-19 infection can be cured.
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Sidharth Yadav


July 25, 2020 13:02 IST


July 25, 2020 14:13 IST

He said he is following all related guidelines

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Saturday announced on Twitter that he had tested positive forCOVID-19.

In a post, 61-year-old Mr. Chouhan wrote, “My beloved residents of the State, I was having COVID-19 symptoms, and after a test my report has come out to be positive.” He appealed to those who came in contact with him to get themselves tested, and his close contacts to go into quarantine.

BJP State media in-charge Lokendra Parashar said Mr. Chouhan would be admitted to Chirayu hospital, a private COVID-19 facility, for treatment.

An MLA from Budhni, Mr. Chouhan is the seventh legislator from the State — six from the BJP and one from the Congress — to have contracted the illness so far. On Wednesday, MinisterArvind Singh Bhadoria had tested positivehours after he attended a Cabinet meeting. A day before, he accompanied Mr. Chouhan to Lucknow to pay his last respects to Governor Lalji Tandon.

Mr. Chouhan further said he was following all COVID-19 guidelines. “Based on the doctor’s advice, I will quarantine myself. My appeal to the State’s people is to be cautious. Even little negligence is like inviting corona. I made all possible efforts to keep corona at bay, but people met me on several subjects.”

Despite being in the Cabinet meeting where Mr. Bhadoria was present, Mr. Chouhan held one-on-one meetings with at least 17 Ministers, including Health Minister Prabhuram Choudhary, on Thursday. A day before, he met six Ministers similarly, the Chief Minister’s office said. On Thursday evening, he attended a function at the BJP State office here where former Congress MLA Narayan Patel switched over.

“When there is timely treatment for COVID-19, the person recovers completely,” Mr. Chouhan said on Twitter. “I have been reviewing the COVID-19 situation every evening since March 25. If possible, I will try to review the situation through video conferencing.”

In Mr. Chouhan’s absence, the regular meetings would be attended by Home Minister Narottam Mishra, Urban Development and Administration Minister Bhupendra Singh, Medical Education Minister Vishvas Sarang and Mr. Choudhary. “During my treatment, I will make all efforts to contain COVID-19 in the State,” said Mr. Chouhan.

After taking oath as the Chief Minister on March 23, Mr. Chouhan ran a single-man Cabinet for around 100 days, being the Health Minister as well, before five other Ministers were appointed.

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