Several Indian ministers in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet have tested positive for Covid-19 in the past few days, underscoring the spread of the virus in the world’s second most populous nation.
Five ministers including Modi’s key aide and minister for internal security Amit Shah have contracted the virus which has infected nearly 2.4 million Indians. The south Asian nation has the highest death toll after U.S., Brazil and Mexico. Some of the ministers, including Shah, are in hospitals while others are recovering at home.
Shripad Yesso Naik was the latest to test Covid-19 positive. Naik, who heads the ministry of Ayush that oversees the practice of alternative medicine including ayurveda, yoga and homeopathy, posted in a tweet on Wednesday evening that he was infected and was isolating at home. Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and two other junior ministers have also tested positive.
Former president Pranab Mukherjee, who had tested positive for the virus and underwent brain surgery in an army hospital in the capital New Delhi, is in critical condition.
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