Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat tests positive for COVID-19

The minister said in a tweet that he underwent a coronavirus test after experiencing symptoms of the infection

Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat held two important meetings on Tuesday. File photo: PTI

Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat said on Thursday (August 20) that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

The minister said in a tweet that he underwent a coronavirus test after experiencing symptoms of the infection. On the advice of doctors, he is getting admitted to a hospital, the minister said.

“I underwent a coronavirus test after developing symptoms and the report has come positive. I am getting hospitalised on the advice of doctors. I request all who have come in my contact in the past days to isolate themselves and get tested,” Shekhawat tweeted in Hindi.

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The minister held two important meetings on Tuesday (August 18). One was on the Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL). Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh attended the meeting virtually while his Haryana counterpart M L Khattar was physically present at the meeting with Shekhawat, his deputy in the ministry Rattan Lal Kataria, and senior officials.

Kataria was also present for another meeting alongside Shekhawat in a virtual conference with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami.

Shekhawat is the sixth Union minister to have tested positive for the disease.

Earlier this month, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had tested positive for COVID-19. Other ministers who have contracted the virus infection so far are Ayush Minister Shirpad Naik, Union Minister of State for Agriculture Kailash Choudhary, Union Minister of State in Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Arjun Ram Meghwal, Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Minister of Steel Dharmendra Pradhan, and Joint Secretary for the Ministry of Health Lav Agarwal, who was leading the central government’s news conferences on COVID-19.

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