Nitin Gadkari Tests COVID-19 +Ve; Biggest 1-Day Spike in Delhi

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Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said on Wednesday, 16 September, that he has tested positive for coronavirus and has isolated himself. "Yesterday, I was feeling weak and consulted my Doctor. During the course of my check up, I have been tested COVID 19 positive. I am at present doing well with the blessings and good wishes of all. I have isolated myself," he wrote on Twitter.

Meanwhile, Delhi on Wednesday reported 4,473 new COVID-19 cases, in what is its biggest one-day spike, taking the tally to 2,30,269. Maharashtra, the state with biggest caseload, reported 23,365 new COVID-19 cases and 474 fatalities, taking the tally in the state to 11,21,221 and the death toll to 30,883.

Earlier on Wednesday, India’s coronavirus tally crossed the five million-mark with the addition of 90,123 new cases. According to the Union Health Ministry data, the country had recorded a total of 50,20,360 infections, with the death toll standing at 82,066.

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  • Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta on Wednesday took to Twitter to announce that he had tested positive for COVID-19
  • Russia will supply Dr Reddy’s Laboratories of India with 100 million doses of the ‘Sputnik-V’ vaccine once it receives regulatory approval in the country, Reuters reported
  • Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu on Tuesday said he had tested positive for COVID-19. He is presently in home isolation in New Delhi.
  • Coronavirus reinfection is possible even though it is ‘very rare’ occurrence, said ICMR DG Balram Bhargava on Tuesday

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