Chief Minister of India’s central state Madhya Pradesh tests positive for COVID

Chief Minister of India’s central state of Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan tested positive for the new coronavirus on Saturday, he confirmed in a tweet a short time ago.

He is the first of all chief ministers in the country to be found infected with COVID-19.

Speaking to citizens of his state, Chouhan said he had been showing symptoms of COVID-19 for some time and tested positive today.

“I call on everyone who has come into contact with me in recent days to take COVID-19 tests. Everyone who has had immediate contact with me must go into quarantine,” he added.

He added, “I am following all COVID-19 guidelines. As advised by doctors, I will self-quarantine. I call on everyone to take care of themselves, as even a little negligence can invite COVID-19 I tried to stay away from the virus but then had to meet people to discuss various issues.”

Madhya Pradesh is one of the largest Indian states in terms of land area.

According to the latest COVID-19 data released by the Federal Ministry of Health on Saturday, the state has so far recorded 791 deaths from COVID-19, and the total number of cases has reached 26,210.

Across India, the death toll has risen to 31,358 and the total number of cases has reached 13,36,861. According to figures from the Indian Council of Medical Research, the total number of samples tested till July 24 is 15,849,068, including 4,20,898 samples tested on Friday.

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