Gujarat CM goes into isolation after meeting Covid positive MLA


The meeting called by the chief minister was also deputy chief minister Nitin Patel and home minister Pradeepsinh Jadeja 

Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani has self-quarantined himself after a Congress legislator he met on Tuesday tested positive for coronavirus disease, news agency PTI quoted his office as saying on Wednesday.

Medical experts Dr Atul Patel and Dr RK Patel, who tested him on Wednesday, confirmed that the CM had no symptoms of the infection for now. But outsiders are barred from meeting him as per the safety measures introduced against the pandemic.

Ashwani Kumar, the CM’s secretary, was quoted as saying by news agency ANI as saying that Rupani will run the state administration through video conferences and by making phone calls.

Imran Khedawala, who represents Khadia-Jamalpur seat of Ahmedabad, had attended a meeting called by Vijay Rupani on Tuesday morning and tested positive for the highly contagious disease in the evening.

The meeting was also attended by deputy chief minister Nitin Patel and minister of state for home Pradeepsinh Jadeja. However, they have ruled out the need for isolation as they claimed that they had maintained safe distance from the legislator.

Two more people succumbed to Covid-19 in Gujarat, taking the death toll in the state to 30, the state health department said on Wednesday. The victims included a 14-year-old girl from Vadodara and a 45-year-old woman from Surat, a report in Hindustan Times said.

The total number of coronavirus cases in Gujarat stood at 695 on Wednesday. Of the new cases, 42 were reported from Ahmedabad, six from Surat, three each from Vadodara and Panchmahal, and each from Botad and Kheda.

With this, the total number of coronavirus cases in Ahmedabad has gone up to 404, followed by Vadodara-116, the health department said adding that Botad and Kheda districts reported first coronavirus cases on Wednesday.

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