- This is the first time Kejriwal has tested positive for Covid-19. He has isolated himself at home
- Kejriwal had in April last year taken second dose of Covid vaccine. Currently, he has mild symptoms
- Covid tests of the entire family members of the CM and staff will be conducted
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has tested positive for Covid-19 and he is under isolation at home. The CM in a tweet informed that he has mild symptoms.
"I have tested positive for Covid. Mild symptoms. Have isolated myself at home. Those who came in touch with me in last few days, kindly isolate yourself and get yourself tested," he tweeted.
A government official told PTI that Covid tests of the entire family members of the Chief Minister will be conducted, adding that the members are in isolation. Other staff members who work closely with the chief minister have been asked to get tested and observe isolation.
On Monday, Arvind Kejriwal was in Dehradun to kick-start the Aam Aadmi Party's campaign for the Assembly elections in Uttarakhand. He addressed the party's 'Uttarakhand Nav Nirman' rally at the Parade Ground in Dehradun.
This is the first time Kejriwal has tested positive for Covid-19. In April last year, Kejriwal's wife Sunita had tested positive for Covid-19 after which she isolated herself at home. The Chief Minister has also isolated himself as a precautionary measure.
Last year, most of the ministers in Kejriwal's Cabinet, including his deputy Manish Sisodia, Health Minister Satyendar Jain, Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot, and Environment Minister Gopal Rai, had tested Covid positive, officials said.
Delhi has seen a spurt of Covid-19 cases in recent days. The resurgence triggered by the new highly-transmissible Omicron variant on Monday pushed daily fresh Covid cases beyond 4,000-mark. The national capital logged 4,099 cases, the highest single-day rise after May 18, 2021 when the tally was 4,482, and one death.
The new cases have pushed up the infection tally to 14,58,220, while the toll is 25,110 now.
The Covid infection rate has climbed to 6.46 per cent, the highest in the last seven months. According to the Delhi Health Department, the city had recorded a 6.89 per cent positivity rate on May 18. The capital has, so far, detected 351 Omicron cases, of which 57 have been discharged from the hospital.