Yogi Adityanath, Akhilesh Yadav test positive for Covid-19
Amid a sharp surge in coronavirus disease cases in Uttar Pradesh, chief minister Yogi Adityanath and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday.
Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday reported 67 new deaths and 20,439 fresh infections, its highest single-day numbers that pushed the state’s infection count to 744,021, according to HT’s dashboard.
“After initial symptoms, I got myself tested. My report is positive. I am in self-isolation and following doctors advice. I am doing all the works virtually. All the activities of the government are running normally,” Adityanath tweeted.
The Bharatiya Janata Party leader also urged the people who came in his contact recently to undergo testing. “Those who came in my contact should undergo testing and take precautions,” the CM tweeted. He was administered the first dose of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin on April 5.
The CM has a sore throat and a mild fever, deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma told mediapersons. “I have spoken to chief minister Yogi Adityanath on phone. He has a sore throat and a mild fever. The chief minister is active and in touch virtually and on telephone. He has asked all the ministers to monitor the situation with officers, public representatives... to ensure that facilities were provided to the people there,” Sharma said.
The chief minister went into isolation on Tuesday after exposure to some officials who were infected. Officials, including the CM’s Officer on Special Duty (OSD) Abhishek Kaushik, earlier tested positive for Covid-19.
Former CM, Yadav, meanwhile, said on Wednesday that he is in home isolation.
“My reports for COVID-19 have come positive today. I have isolated myself and treatment has started at home. All the people who have come in contact with me in the last few days please get tested. They are also requested to remain in isolation for a few days,” Akhilesh Yadav tweeted.
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra wished both CM Adityanath and the SP chief a speedy recovery. “Received news about @myogiadityanath ji and @yadavakhilesh ji testing positive (for COVID-19). I pray to the god for your safety and speedy recovery,” said Priyanka Gandhi in a tweet.