Former PM Manmohan Singh tests positive for Covid-19, admitted to AIIMS in Delhi
- Former prime minister Manmohan Singh tests positive for Covid-19, admitted to AIIMS in Delhi
Former prime minister Manmohan Singh tested positive for coronavirus disease (Covid-19) on Monday. Singh has been admitted to AIIMS in Delhi for treatment. He is 88.
The Congress leader is currently being monitored by a team of specialists. The condition of Manmohan Singh is currently stable, people familiar with the developments told HT.
Manmohan Singh had earlier attended the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting on Saturday and even wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, suggesting a five-pronged strategy to check the spread of the infection. He suggested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to focus on the percentage of population vaccinated rather than focusing on absolute numbers and also asked him to allow states with more flexibility to plan their vaccination drives.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet wished his predecessor a quick recovery and good health. He said, "Wishing our former Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh Ji good health and a speedy recovery."
Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi expressed her concern and prayed for his quick recovery. "I am deeply concerned to learn that Dr. Manmohan Singh is unwell & has been hospitalised. On behalf of all of us in the Congress Party I send my good wishes to him for a speedy & complete recovery," Sonia Gandhi said in a message which was shared via Congress' Twitter handle.
Congress MP from Wayanad Rahul Gandhi in a tweet also wished him a speedy recovery and said that the nation needs his 'guidance in a difficult time'. Union ministers S Jaishankar and Nirmala Sitharaman also wished his quick recovery. Chief ministers Ashok Gehlot, Amarinder Singh and Mamata Banerjee also prayed that the former Prime Minister will recover soon from Covid-19.
The veteran Congress leader held various high-profile portfolios, including a stint at the United Nations, before becoming the prime minister of India - a post he held for two consecutive terms. As finance minister he was instrumental in introducing a series of reforms which led to an economic boom in the nation.
The country is witnessing a surge in Covid-19 cases as the nation reported highest-single day spike of Covid-19 cases and deaths. India recorded 273,810 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday and also reported 1,619 daily new fatalities, according to data shared by Union ministry for health and family welfare. National capital Delhi and financial hub Mumbai have imposed lockdown-like measures to curb the spread of Covid-19. Several states