Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, 61, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, it was confirmed on Saturday afternoon. He will be admitted to the Chirayu Hospital in state capital Bhopal, Home Minister Narottam Mishra told NDTV.
In a tweet the Chief Minister wrote, in Hindi: “My dear countrymen, I was having COVID-19 symptoms and, after a test, my report came back positive. I am following all the guidelines and will quarantine myself according to the doctor’s advice”.
Mr Chouhan also appealed to colleagues and individuals to take all possible precaution to avoid infection and urged those who had come in contact with him to get their test done as well
“I appeal to the people of my state to be careful, just a little carelessness invites the coronavirus. I made every effort to avoid the virus but people used to meet me on many subjects,” he said.
All close contacts of the Chief Minister, who was to hold a meeting at 11.30 AM, have been quarantined. In his absence, Mr Chouhan wrote today, Home Minister Narottam Mishra, Health Minister Vishvas Sarang and others would lead the meeting.
Mr Mishra, among those to have had close contact with the Chief Minister, will also be tested for the virus.
The Chief Minister reassured his 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.
“No need to panic, If coronavirus is treated in time, it is curable,” he said. adding, “I have been reviewing the status of coronavirus infections every evening since March 25. I will try to review this via video conferencing as much as possible now”.
Madhya Pradesh has recorded over 26,000 COVID-19 cases so far, including 791 deaths linked to the virus. The number of active cases in the state is more than 7,500.