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Goa CM Pramod Sawant tests positive for COVID-19

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant. File   | Photo Credit: PTI

Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday said he has tested positive for coronavirus.

The 47-year-old chief minister also said he is asymptomatic and under home isolation, and asked those who came in contact with him to take necessary precautions.

In the wake of this, all officials of the Chief Minister’s office who came in close contact with Mr. Sawant have opted for home isolation and work from home, the CMO said.

In the morning, Mr. Sawant in a tweet said, “I wish to inform all that I have been detected COVID19 positive. I am asymptomatic and hence have opted for home isolation. I shall continue to discharge my duties working from home. Those who have come in my close contact are advised to take the necessary precautions.”

The state-run Goa Medical College and Hospital’s Dean Dr Shivanand Bandekar told PTI that a team of doctors is monitoring the chief minister’s health condition.

“The chief minister is asymptomatic and would be advised hospital admission, if required,” he said.

“People of Goa are hereby informed that all regular operations of CMO shall continue un-hindered. It may be noted that all the appointments and meetings scheduled stand suspended till further notice,” the CMO said.

State Health Minister Vishwajit Rane wished Mr. Sawant a speedy recovery.

Mr Sawant is the fourth Chief Minister to have tested positive for the pandemic. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa recently recovered from the disease, while Haryana's M.L. Khattar is undergoing treatment.

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