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Jharkhand Chief Minister Self-Isolates After MLA Test Positive

Both Mr Thakur and Mr Mahato have been admitted to the COVID-19 ward of Rajendra Institute of Medical science in Ranchi


NEW DELHI| Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren tweeted he is isolating himself as a safety measure after two of his colleagues tested positive for the highly infectious coronavirus. Mr Soren tweeted, “My fellow minister of the cabinet Mr Mithilesh Thakur Ji and our party’s MLA Mr Mathura Mahato Ji have been found infected with the coronavirus.”

The Chief Minister tweeted in Hindi, “Both are being treated in a government hospital. As a precaution, I will also be in self-isolation for the next few days from today. But I will continue to perform every important work.” News agency PTI reported Mr Soren’s samples are expected to be tested today.

The Chief Minister tweeted, “You are again urged to avoid going to crowded areas as much as possible. Make sure to use a mask, and if there is no mask, cover your face with a cloth. I would like to remind you to maintain social distancing but keep your hearts connected.”

Mr Sorem has wished a speedy recovery to the Water and Sanitation Minister and the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha MLA, the state government said in a statement. Both Mr Thakur and Mr Mahato have been admitted to the COVID-19 ward of Rajendra Institute of Medical science in Ranchi, and their contacts are being traced, the official said. Mr Thakur is the first minister in Mr Soren’s cabinet to test positive for coronavirus. Jharkhand has reported 3,018 COVID-19 cases till Tuesday night, 22 have died.

After Bihar’s Nitish Kumar isolate himself Mr Soren is the second CM who as a safety move after getting in contact with a COVID-19 patient.

Mr Soren is the second Chief Minister after Bihar’s Nitish Kumar to isolate himself as a safety move after getting in contact with a COVID-19 patient.

Nitish Kumar last week attended an event where he sat next to a party leader who later turned out to be infected with the coronavirus. The Bihar Chief Minister’s test came negative.

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