New Delhi: In another development, Union Minister Smriti Irani on Wednesday tested positive for COVID-19 and urged all who came in contact with her to get themselves tested as soon as possible. Also Read - India Records 36,595 Fresh Coronavirus Cases In Last 24 Hours, Total Recoveries Surges Over 9 Million

Taking to Twitter, she said that it is rare for her to search for words while making an announcement about her health condition. Also Read - COVID-19 Could Be Causing Long-Term Lung Damage, Reveals Oxford Study

“It is rare for me to search for words while making an announcement; hence here’s me keeping it simple – I’ve tested positive for COVID and would request those who came in contact with me to get themselves tested at the earliest,” the Union Cabinet Minister said in a tweet. Also Read - United States Records More Than 210,000 COVID Cases In 24 Hours, Shows Data

The development comes at a time when the coronavirus tally in the country neared the 80-lakh mark on Wednesday, recording 43,893 new cases and 508 deaths in the last 24 hours.