Written byShalini Ojha
As coronavirus moves unabated, ripping the world apart, politicians too are getting infected. The latest Indian politician to go into home quarantine, as a precautionary measure is Jharkhand's Chief Minister Hemant Soren.
The JMM leader announced on Twitter this morning that two of his colleagues have unfortunately been infected by the virus and he is taking all the necessary precautions.
In a tweet, Soren informed that cabinet minister Mithilesh Thakur and MLA Mathura Mahato have contracted the deadly infection.
"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," he added.
The CM could be tested for coronavirus today.
Soren made an impassioned appeal to citizens, asking them to not take the disease frivolously. He requested them to avoid crowded places and cover mouth and nose with a cloth if a mask isn't available.
"I would like to remind you to maintain social distancing but keep your hearts connected," he tweeted.
He has also asked the staff of CMO to go into quarantine.
Confirming the development, the state government said, "Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren quarantined himself. Entry to the CM residence prohibited. CM had come in contact with state minister Mithilesh Thakur who tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday. (sic)"
Both the politicians are said to have been admitted to the COVID-19 ward of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, Ranchi.
Their contacts are being traced.
However, Kejriwal's cabinet colleague, Health Minister Satyendar Jain, contracted the disease and his condition improved after he was administered plasma therapy.
With over 470 fatalities, the death toll rose to 20,656.
At least four states independently reported their biggest spikes — Uttar Pradesh (1,332 new coronavirus infections), Rajasthan (716), Odisha (571), and Kerala (272).
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