Even as the BJP mourned the death of Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister Kamal Rani Varun due to COVID-19, Sunday saw Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa and Tamil Nadu governor Banwarlilal Purohit among prominent faces testing positive for the virus.
Uttar Pradesh BJP chief Swatantra Dev Singh and the state's Jal Shakti minister Mahendra Singh too contracted the virus on Sunday.
Taking to Twitter, Shah, 55, had said that he underwent coronavirus test after getting the initial symptoms of COVID-19. He also appealed to people who have come in contact with him in the last few days to isolate themselves and get tested.
"I have undergone a coronavirus test after showing initial symptoms and have tested positive. My health is fine but I am getting admitted to a hospital on the advice of doctors," he tweeted in Hindi.
कोरोना के शुरूआती लक्षण दिखने पर मैंने टेस्ट करवाया और रिपोर्ट पॉजिटिव आई है। मेरी तबीयत ठीक है परन्तु डॉक्टर्स की सलाह पर अस्पताल में भर्ती हो रहा हूँ। मेरा अनुरोध है कि आप में से जो भी लोग गत कुछ दिनों में मेरे संपर्क में आयें हैं, कृपया स्वयं को आइसोलेट कर अपनी जाँच करवाएं।
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) August 2, 2020
Late on Sunday night, in a manner similar to Shah, Yediyurappa too announced on Twitter that he has tested positive for the virus and is being admitted to a hospital.
"I have tested positive for coronavirus. Whilst I am fine, I am being hospitalised as a precaution on the recommendation of doctors. I request those who have come in contact with me recently to be observant and exercise self quarantine," the veteran BJP leader wrote on Twitter,
Tamil Nadu Governor asymptomatic, quarantined at home
Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit has been advised home quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19, reported PTI quoting a bulletin issued by Chennai's Kauvery Hospital.
Purohit, 80, was in self-isolation since 29 July after three people in the Raj Bhavan had tested positive for the coronavirus.
Earlier, as many as 84 security and fire services personnel deployed in the Tamil Nadu Raj Bhavan had tested positive for coronavirus on 23 July, but the Governor's office had then said that none of them came into contact with Purohit or senior officials.
A bulletin issued by the Kauvery Hospital where the Governor underwent further tests on Sunday said that he was asymptomatic and a medical team would monitor him at his home.
Purohit "tested positive for COVID-19," hospital executive director Dr Aravindan Selvaraj said in the bulletin. "He is asymptomatic and clinically stable," it said, adding the Tamil Nadu Governor underwent further tests and assessment at the hospital located at Alwarpet area in Chennai.
"As the infection is mild, he has been advised home isolation and will be monitored by the medical team of Kauvery Hospital," it further stated.
The news came minutes after Union Home Minister Amit Shah said in a Twitter post that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and was being shifted to a hospital following medical advice.
In Uttar Pradesh, the BJP's state president Swatantra Dev Singh too announced on Twitter that he has tested positive for the viral infection, adding that he has quarantined himself at his home as per doctors' advice.
डॉक्टर की सलाह पर मैं वर्तमान में अपने आवास पर होम क्वारंटाइन हूँ। मेरा सभी प्रदेश्वासियों से निवेदन है कि पूरी सावधानी बरतें और सरकार की गाइडलाइन का सख़्ती से पालन करे।
— Swatantra Dev Singh (@swatantrabjp) August 2, 2020
The UP BJP chief also requested his acquaintances who came in his contact recently to get themselves tested for the infection.
The news of Mahendra Singh, the Jal Shakti minister in Uttar Pradesh, testing positive was confirmed by a state official.
"He tested positive for COVID-19 around two-three days ago," the official told PTI.
The reports of both Swatantra Dev Singh and Mahendra Singh testing positive for the virus came in the same day, Kamal Rani Varun, the only woman cabinet minister in the state, died of COVID-19 at a hospital in Lucknow.
She had comorbidities, including diabetes, hypertension and hyperthyroidism, a senior doctor at the hospital told news agency PTI.
Colleagues wish Purohit, Swatantra Dev speedy recovery
Political leaders across the country wished Purohit and Swatantra Dev speedy recovery.
Tamil Nadu chief minister E Palaniswami said he wished Purohit a speedy recovery in his fight against the disease.
I wished the Hon'ble Governor of TamilNadu Shri Banwarilal Purohit ji, a speedy recovery in his fight against #COVID_19 over phone. All our prayers and wishes for him!
— Edappadi K Palaniswami (@CMOTamilNadu) August 2, 2020
Shiromani Akali Dal President Sukbhir Singh Badal and Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal also wished Purohit a swift recovery.
Hoping for swift recovery of Tamil Nadu Governor Sh. Banwarilal Purohit Ji who has tested #COVID19 positive.
— Sukhbir Singh Badal (@officeofssbadal) August 2, 2020
"My prayers for the speedy recovery of Tamil Nadu Governor Shri Banwarilal Purohit Ji who has tested corona positive," Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said on Twitter.
"Get well soon Hon Banwarilal Purohit ji ! We wish you a speedy recovery!" BJP leader and former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said on Twitter.
Uttar Pradesh chief minsiter Yogi Adityanath prayed for the speedy recovery Swatantra Dev as well as home minister Amit Shah. He tweeted:
कुशल चिकित्सकों की देख-रेख और आपके मजबूत आत्मबल से कोरोना शीघ्र ही परास्त होगा।
प्रभु श्री राम से आपके शीघ्र स्वास्थ्य लाभ हेतु प्रार्थना है।
— Yogi Adityanath (@myogiadityanath) August 2, 2020
Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who himself is undergoing treatment from the virus, prayed for Swatantra Dev's speedy recovery as well.
With inputs from PTI