Shivraj Singh Chouhan, chief minister of the state of Madhya Pradesh, India has tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Saturday.
Mr. Chouhan, 61, would be admitted to the Chirayu Hospital in state capital Bhopal.
In a series of tweets in Hindi, Mr. Chouhan said, “My dear countrymen, I was having symptoms of COVID19, after the test my report came back positive. I appeal to all my colleagues that whoever has come in contact with me, get their corona test done. My close contacts move to Quarantine.”
“I am following all the guidelines. I will quarantine myself according to the doctor’s advice. I appeal to the people of my state to be careful, just a little carelessness invites Corona. I made every effort to avoid Corona but people used to meet on many subjects.”
“I will try to review coronavirus meetings through video conferencing from now. In my absence Home Minister Narottam Mishra, Health Minister Vishvas Sarang and others will lead the meetings.” he further wrote.
Just a couple of day back, a minister in Mr. Chouhan’s cabinet, Arvind Singh Bhadoria tested positive for the virus.
The Chief Minister reassured supporters that there was no need to panic and that despite his medical condition he would continue to lead efforts to contain the virus in his state.
Both Mr. Chouhan and Mr. Bhadoria attended the funeral of the late Madhya Pradesh Governor Lalji Tandon, who died at a hospital in Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow on July 21.
India has reported over 13,39,176 infections and 31,425 deaths. The state of Madhya Pradesh is 14th worst affected state, with 26,210 confirmed infections and 791 deaths.