Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai tests positive for Covid-19
Delhi environment minister Gopal Rai has tested positive for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), he said in a tweet on Thursday.
The minister said he had initial symptoms following which he got himself tested for the viral infection. The Covid-19 report has come positive, he wrote on Twitter in Hindi. Rai has asked people who came in contact with him in the last few days to take care and get themselves tested. However, details of the minister being in home isolation or if he will be admitted to a hospital are yet to be updated, his office has said.
Delhi is currently witnessing the third wave of Covid-19 with the national capital’s infection tally up at 545,787, as on Wednesday evening. A total of 8,720 people have died of the disease in the city. Delhi also reported fewer than 6,000 new cases of Covid-19 , with more than 50,000 tests being conducted, for the first time since October-end. The daily positivity rate — proportion of samples that return positive among those tested –dropped below 10% for the first time in November last evening. The positivity rate stood at 8.49%, lowest since October 27 when the positivity rate stood at 8.48%.
The spread of the infection can be deemed to be in control, if the positivity rate remains dips to 5% or lower for around two weeks, experts have said.
However, according to the Delhi government’s door-to-door survey launched on November 20, a total of 13,516 persons (0.24%) of the 5.73 million screened were found to have symptoms of the coronavirus disease till Tuesday, while 1,178 persons have tested positive for the disease. The survey is likely to conclude on Thursday.
Earlier in June, Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain, Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) MLA Atishi and two other leaders of the party- Akshay Marathe, an advisor to CM Arvind Kejriwal and Anindita Mathur, an advisor to deputy CM Manish Sisodia- had also tested Covid-19 positive. While Jain was treated and recovered at Saket’s Max Healthcare hospital, the other three leaders were recommended to undergo home isolation.