Tested Negative, BJP MP Suresh Prabhu Self-quarantined After Saudi Visit

Suresh Prabhu

Even after testing negative for novel coronavirus, former Union minister Suresh Prabhu has placed him in isolation as a precautionary measure.

New Delhi| BJP MP Suresh Prabhu has quarantined himself at his residence for the next 14 days as a precautionary measure, even after testing negative from coronavirus following his return from Saudi Arabia.

Mr Suresh Prabhu went to Saudi Arabia to attend the second Sherpas meeting last week.

Saudi Arabia has so far reported 171 cases.

In a letter to Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu, the BJP leader said that he would not be able to attend the ongoing Parliament Sessions till the end of this isolation period.

“I wish to inform that consequent upon my return from a recent visit to Saudi Arabia to attend the Second Sherpas’ Meeting for the upcoming G20 Summit in At Khobar on 10. March 2020, as a precautionary measure, even after testing negative, I have kept myself under isolation at my residence for the next 14 days in the wake of the Corona Virus spread as per advisories,” the letter read.

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“Therefore, I would not be able to attend Parliament sessions until the end of this isolation period. This precautionary step has been taken taking into consideration the health of all the Members of Parliament and the Parliament Staff and Visitors,” it added.

Former commerce minister Suresh Prabhu, appointed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Sherpa for the G20 summit, had reportedly left for Saudi Arabia on March 10. A sherpa is a personal representative of a head of state who prepares the ground for him or her at international summits.

On Tuesday, Union Minister V Muraleedharan had gone into self-quarantine at his official residence in Delhi after he came into contact with a doctor who later tested positive for coronavirus at a meeting in Thiruvananthapuram. The Minister of State for External Affairs has also tested negative for coronavirus.


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