Telangana Finance Minister Harish Rao tests positive for Covid-19

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The minister, who is nephew of Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao, requested all those who came in contact with him in the last few days to isolate themselves and get Covid test done.

Two days before the commencement of a crucial assembly session in Telangana, Finance Minister T. Harish Rao has gone into isolation after he was tested positive for Covid-19.

The minister took to Twitter on Saturday, September 5, to declare that he is infected with Covid. He, however, said he was "fine".

 "On getting initial symptoms of Coronavirus, I got the test done and the report came back positive. My health is fine, I request all those who have come into contact with me in the last few days , please isolate yourself and get Covid test done,” Rao said in his tweet.

The Hindu reported that the Finance Minister was one among the few leaders in Telangana moving among the public during the pandemic and was instrumental in opening of several COVID-19 treatment wards in the erstwhile Medak district.

In June, Harish Rao had gone into self-quarantine after his personal assistant had tested positive. Though the minister had tested negative, he went into self-quarantine at his house as a precautionary measure.

Harish Rao is the second Telangana minister to test positive for Covid-19. Earlier, Home Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali had tested positive and was hospitalised. He recovered in a couple of weeks.

Few legislators of the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) had also tested positive over last three months.

Assembly Speaker P. Srinivas Reddy and Council Chairman G. Sukhender Reddy on Friday asked all legislators to undergo the tests for COVID-19 by September 6.

The monsoon session of both Assembly and Council is scheduled to begin on September 7. The presiding officers of both the Houses have made it mandatory for members to show COVID-19 negative reports to attend the session.

While diagnostic centres have been set up in Assembly and Council premises for legislators, those present in districts have been urged to undergo tests at their respective places.

The Covid test has been declared mandatory for all staff members of legislature, ministers' aides, security personnel and media persons covering the session (with inputs from IANS)

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