Uttar Pradesh’s Cabinet minister for technical education Kamal Rani Varun succumbed to COVID-19 on Sunday. Kamal Rani Varun died at the Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences in Lucknow.
She is the first minister in Uttar Pradesh to die after contracting coronavirus. She was 62.
Minister tested COVID-19 positive on July 18
On July 18, the minister tested positive for coronavirus and was admitted to the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Hospital in Lucknow. She was later shifted to the Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences after developing complications.
CM expresses grief
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed grief over the minister’s death.
In a condolence message issued on Sunday, the chief minister said, “Kamal Rani Varun died on Sunday at around 9.30 am. She was an experienced and capable leader and discharged her responsibilities with competence. She was a dedicated public representative, who was always working for the welfare of deprived and oppressed sections of the society.”
Meanwhile, chief minister Adityanath has cancelled his visit to Ayodhya scheduled for the day. Additional chief secretary (home) Awanish Awasthi informed about the change of plan.
Elected Lok Sabha MP twice
Currently, Kamal Rani was MLA from Ghatampur in Kanpur. In the past, she had been a Member of Parliament in the Lok Sabha twice.
Over 89,000 COVID-19 cases
Uttar Pradesh is reporting a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases with the total case tally nearing 90,000. So far, 1,677 people have died due to the viral infection.
Notably, the state reported 3,807 fresh cases of COVID-19 and 47 deaths in the past 24 hours.
Of the total cases, over 36,000 are active cases, whereas 5,334 people have recovered from the viral infection so far. The state’s active cases increased by 1,069 on Sunday, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s data suggests.
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