Mumbai: Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar has tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday. The office of the deputy chief minister has informed that he has been admitted to a hospital where he is undergoing treatment in Mumbai. Also Read - How Are States Preparing to Distribute Coronavirus Vaccine Once it Arrives in India? Explained.
In a message, Pawar, who is also the state’s finance minister, said his health condition is fine. He said, “I have tested positive for COVID-19. My health condition is fine. As a precautionary measure, I have got admitted to Breach Candy Hospital on the advice of doctors.” Also Read - India's Coronvirus Caseload Surges to 92.66 Lakh With Over 44,000 New Cases in Past 24 Hrs
The NCP leader also said the party workers and citizens need not worry about his health and that he will be back among all after a brief period of rest. Also Read - Six Pakistan Cricketers Test Positive For COVID-19, Training Put on Hold; NZC Says Protocol Breach by Visitors
Pawar was under home quarantine recently after he complained of fever and fatigue after touring flood-hit Pune and Solapur districts. Even though he had tested negative on Thursday, a retest today confirmed he has tested for the novel coronavirus.
State Health Minister Rajesh Tope also said Pawars health is normal and he has been admitted to hospital only for the purpose of rest.
Tope said Pawars family members had also undergone COVID-19 tests and their results were negative.
“He (Pawar) is normal. He has been admitted to the Breach Candy Hospital only for the purpose of rest as at his home he keeps getting phone calls from people and he gets no rest then,” Tope told a TV channel.
“Hence, he has been admitted only for the purpose of rest,” he added.
Tope also appealed to people to take care of their health and ensure their immunity is strong.
Maharashtra Housing Minister Jitendra Awhad in a message on Twitter prayed for Pawar’s speedy recovery.
In the last few months, over a dozen Maharashtra ministers have tested positive for COVID-19.
They include Awhad, Ashok Chavan (public works department), Dhananjay Munde (social justice), Varsha Gaikwad (school education), Eknath Shinde (urban development) and Nitin Raut (energy).
Ministers Hasan Mushrif (rural development), Sunil Kedar (animal husbandry), Balasaheb Patil (cooperation), Aslam Shaikh (ports, textile), Bacchu Kadu (MoS for school education), Abdul Sattar (MoS-rural development), Sanjay Bansode (MoS-environment) and Vishwajeet Kadam (MoS for cooperation) had also contracted COVID-19.
(With PTI Inputs)