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Smriti Irani tests COVID-19 positive

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Union minister Smriti Irani on Wednesday said that she has tested positive for COVID-19. Smriti Irani made the announcement on Twitter and urged people who came in contact with her to get themselves tested.

The Union Cabinet minister for textiles and women and child development said: “It is rare for me to search for words while making an announcement; hence here’s me keeping it simple — I’ve tested positive for #COVID and would request those who came in contact with me to get themselves tested at the earliest.”

As soon as the news of Irani testing positive for COVID-19 spread, several people wished a speedier recovery to the minister on social media.

Several Union Cabinet ministers and chief ministers have so far tested positive for COVID-19. These include Union home minister Amit Shah, Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari and petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan.

Also, several chief ministers have tested positive for COVID-19. These include Bookanakere Siddalingappa Yediyurappa and Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Similarly, Maharashtra’s deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar also tested positive for coronavirus.

Nearly 80 lakh COVID-19 cases in India

The health ministry on Wednesday informed that 43,893 fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported in India in the past 24 hours. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the COVID-19 case tally to 79.90 lakh.

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So far, the biggest single-day surge of 97,894 COVID-19 cases was reported in India on September 17. The second-highest surge of 97,570 COVID-19 cases was recorded on September 12. It is followed by 96,551 cases reported on September 11.

Notably, India has already surpassed Brazil in terms of cases. It is now the second-worst hit nation due to the coronavirus pandemic after the US.

1.20 lakh deaths due to coronavirus

Also, 508 COVID-19 related deaths were reported by the ministry during this period. The addition of the fresh fatalities has taken India’s death toll due to the deadly virus to 1,20,010.

Previously, the death toll had crossed the 1,200-mark on September 16.

Similarly, the biggest surge of over 97,894 cases was reported on September 17.

72.59 lakh patients recovered

Of the 79.90 lakh coronavirus cases reported so far, over 6.10 lakh are active cases of the virus. It is below 8 per cent of the total caseload. Interestingly, 72.59 lakh cases have recovered from the viral infection so far.

 

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