Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has tested positive for Covid, it was confirmed on Saturday afternoon. He will be admitted to Bhopal’s Chirayu Hospital. The medical condition was informed by the Chief Minister himself in a Twitter message which read: “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.”
Making an appeal to all his colleagues to take all adequate precaution to avoid infection and urged those who had come in contact with him to get their tests 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,” Chouhan added. In his absence, Chouhan wrote, Home Minister Narottam Mishra, Health Minister Vishvas Sarang and others will lead the meeting. Mishra, among those to have had close contact with the Chief Minister, will also be tested for the virus.
News of Chouhan testing positive comes two days after a minister in his cabinet, Arvind Singh Bhadoria, said he was infected. Bhadoria was among the ministers at Wednesday’s cabinet meeting, which was chaired by the Chief Minister.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister reassured 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.