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Union minister Smriti Irani tests positive for COVID-19

Smriti Irani, the Union Cabinet Minister for Textiles and Women & Child Development is the latest to join the likes of political leaders who have tested positive for COVID-19.


Union Minister Smriti Irani October 28 said she has tested positive for COVID-19 and urged those who came in contact with her to get themselves tested. "It is rare for me to search for words while making an announcement; hence here’s me keeping it simple — I’ve tested positive for #COVID and would request those who came in contact with me to get themselves tested at the earliest," Irani informed in a tweet.

Irani, the Union Cabinet Minister for Textiles and Women & Child Development is the latest to join the likes of political leaders who have tested positive for COVID-19. Previously, Home Minister Amit Shah, late President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu,Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari and Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan among others have tested positive for the contagion.

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In the last month, Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel, Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, Union Minister Ramdas Athawale, former Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis among others had tested positive for COVID-19.

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Union Railway minister Piyush Goyal took to twitter to wish Irani a speedy recovery.

First Published on Oct 28, 2020 06:51 pm
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