AAP’s Atishi tests positive for novel coronavirus

AAP MLA Atishi, who represents the Kalkaji constituency in south Delhi, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, media reports said.

The 39-year-old, who represents the Kalkaji constituency in south Delhi, complained of a mild fever and cough on June 16, 2020, after which she was screened for the COVID-19 virus, reported NDTV.

The report on June 17, 2020, pointed out that she is Covi-19 positive and she is now in home quarantine given her mild symptoms, NDTV’s Sukirti Dwivedi pointed out.

She is the third MLA from her party to have tested positive for the coronavirus; the other two are Vishesh Ravi (Karol Bagh) and Rajkumar Anand (Patel Nagar).

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted in support of Atishi today, writing: “Atishi-ji has played an important role in the fight against the coronavirus. I hope that she will be healthy as soon as possible”.

AAP leader Saurabh Bharadwaj, who is the MLA from Delhi’s Greater Kailash area, also tweeted this afternoon, writing: “Get well soon Atishi and Akshay Marathe (an AAP member who has also tested positive for COVID-19), recover soon from corona”.

Atishi had been working with Delhi government’s Health Department on containing the widespread coronavirus outbreak in the national capital. Delhi has reported 44,688 cases so far, of which 26,351 are active and 1,837 are deaths linked to the virus.

Earlier this week Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain was admitted to the Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital after a high fever and breathing difficulties. Mr Jain, who is still in hospital, tested negative but underwent a second test today because he continues to face respiratory issues. Last week the Chief Minister also tested negative for the COVID-19 virus after a fever and throat pain. He had isolated himself at his official residence in the city as a precautionary measure.

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