Covid hits politicians, India notches second-highest number of new cases


The Covid-19 pandemic has hit the political class in India, a country that maintains it is doing well in its fight against the novel coronavirus.

A day after India’s home minister Amit Shah tweeted that he had tested positive for Covid-19 and got admitted in a private-run hospital, another federal minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad, also went into home quarantine as he had met Shah Saturday.

Prasad, who is India’s law and justice, communications, electronics and information technology Minister, tweeted: “Friends! I’m absolutely fine. To follow protocol I have isolated myself at home for few days as I had met Amit Shahji on Saturday evening for an official meeting. I’m working from home and following daily routine including Yoga and exercise. Also reading books and enjoying classical music.”

Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, a national vice president of the ruling BJP, also went into home quarantine on Sunday. Sahasrabuddhe was also present along with Shah on Saturday at a webinar organized by the the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) to remember freedom fighter Bal Gangadhar Tilak.

Shah tested positive for Covid-19 Sunday, following which he was admitted in Medanta Hospital in Haryana’s Gurugram.

Former Indian minister P Chidambaram’s son Karti Chidambaram also tweeted Monday that he had tested positive for Covid-19.

A daughter of Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa, hospitalized over the weekend with Covid-19, also tested positive Monday.

Uttar Pradesh state minister Kamal Rani Varun died of Covid-19 Sunday.

Meanwhile, India Monday notched up the second-highest number of new Covid-19 cases as the figure reached 52,972, behind world leader United States (58,888 cases), while Brazil recorded 45,392 cases.