Dharmendra Pradhan tests positive for COVID-19, admitted to Medanta

  • Pradhan is the second Union Minister in the Cabinet, after Home Minister Amit Shah, to have tested positive for COVID-19

  • Both Pradhan and Shah are seeking treatment at Medanta Hospital in Gurugram

New Delhi: Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan said on Tuesday that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and has been hospitalised. Pradhan is the second Union Minister in the Cabinet, after Home Minister Amit Shah, to have tested positive for COVID-19. A source, who spoke to PSU Watch on the condition of anonymity, said that he has been admitted to the same hospital in Gurugram where Shah is admitted — Medanta. “COVID-19 I got the test done in my symptoms, in which my report is positive. I am hospitalized and healthy on the advice of doctors,” tweeted Pradhan on Tuesday.

COVID-19: Pradhan met Amit Shah last week

Sources said that Pradhan had met Shah last week. Shah was admitted to the hospital on July 2 after testing positive for COVID-19. On July 3, Pradhan too developed COVID-19-like symptoms and was tested on Tuesday. 

The backdrop

Pradhan is one of the several high-profile names to have tested positive for COVID-19 in recent times. Other leaders who have caught the viral infection include, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa and former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddharamaiah. It is also interesting to note that none of these leaders are seeking treatment at public health facilities. While Pradhan and Shah are hospitalised in Medanta, Chouhan is seeking treatment at Chirayu Medical College in Bhopal, and Yediyurappa and Siddharamaiah are admitted in Manipal Hospital. Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, who has also been diagnosed with the infection, is being treated at privately-owned Kauvery Hospital.

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