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.
“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,” the Chief Minister wrote on Twitter.
He 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 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,” Mr Chouhan added.
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, Home Minister Narottam Mishra, Health Minister Vishvas Sarang and others will lead the meeting.