Bihar minister Vinod K Singh and his wife test positive for COVID-19
BJP MLA and Bihar minister, Vinod Kumar Singh and his wife have been shifted to an isolation ward located inside a hotel in Katihar. He is the first minister of the Nitish Kumar cabinet to test positive for COVID-19.
Bihar's Backward and Extremely Backward Classes Welfare Minister Vinod Kumar Singh and his wife were tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday. Both have been sent to an isolation ward at a hotel in Katihar district, officials said. This is the first incident when a minister of the Nitish Kumar government has tested positive for COVID-19.
Katihar District Magistrate Kanwal Tanuj confirmed that both the minister and his wife have tested positive for the disease. Those who came in contact with the minister will be traced and their samples will be collected for testing, the DM said.
Singh, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator from Pranpur, said his samples were tested in Patna and that he had returned to Katihar from the state capital on Sunday.
The BJP minister said when he got to know about the test report, he first went to Katihar Medical College and Hospital, and thereafter to the isolation ward located in a hotel.
On June 22, a sitting BJP MLA Jibesh Kumar Mishra had tested positive for the virus. He was admitted to AIIMS-Patna for treatment and supervision. The MLA was the first sitting member of the Bihar assembly to have been tested positive for COVID-19.
Earlier, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader and former union minister, Raghuvansh Prasad Singh had also tested COVID positive.
In Bihar, so far nearly 9000 coronavirus cases have been reported out of which 6843 patients have recovered. As on June 28, the state has lost 59 lives to the deadly virus.
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