In a tweet on Thursday, Union Minister Sadananda Gowda said he has tested positive for coronavirus and is opting to self-isolate. Gowda’s Cabinet colleagues wished him a speedy recovery.
Sadananda Gowda, Union Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers, tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Friday. A former Karnataka chief minister and sitting MP from Bengaluru North, Gowda made the announcement on Twitter.
In a tweet on Friday, Union Minister Sadananda Gowda said, “After initial symptoms of COVID19, I got myself tested and the report came positive. I have isolated myself. I request everyone who has come in my contact to be careful and follow the protocol. Stay safe.”
Gowda joins the list of Union cabinet ministers who have tested positive for Covid-19 prior to this, including Home Minister Amit Shah, Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, and Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan.
Union Ministers Smriti Irani, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Nitin Gadkari, Dharmendra Pradhan, Nirmala Sitharaman, Prahlad Joshi, and Giriraj Singh wished Sadananda Gowda a speedy recovery.
According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoFW), India has 4,43,303 active cases of Covid-19 while 83,83,602 patients have recovered and 1,31,578 have succumbed to the infection to date.
On Thursday, the Ministry of Health asserted that India’s active Covid-19 caseload has dropped below 5 per cent of the total number of confirmed cases detected across the country. The recovery rate in India, at present, stands at 93.58 per cent.