Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tests positive for COVID19

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday tested positive for novel coronavirus.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tests positive for COVID19
Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi Image: The Bridge Chronicle

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday tested positive for novel coronavirus. The Congress leader took Twitter to say that he has tested positive for Covid-19. He said, "After experiencing mild symptoms, I’ve just tested positive for COVID. All those who’ve been in contact with me recently, please follow all safety protocols and stay safe."

Rahul Gandhi earlier on Tuesday launched an attack against the Centre calling its vaccine strategy one of “discrimination, not distribution”. Taking to Twitter, Rahul Gandhi talked about the government’s decision to expand the inoculation drive to all adults in the country, saying that the vaccines won’t be free for those between 18 and 45 years of age, and there is no vaccine guarantee for the weaker sections.

He tweeted, “No free vaccine for 18-45 years old. Middlemen brought in without price control. No vaccine guarantee for weaker section. GOI’s discrimination-not distribution- Strategy!”

Last week, he also alleged that the “government’s arrogance and suppression of truth is killing people”. He recommended that a clear vaccine strategy and income support are needed to curtail the damage caused by the infection. He had on Sunday also cancelled all his election rallies in West Bengal citing the COVID surge and had requested others to do the same.

Another top Congress leader and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, was admitted to hospital on Monday with high fever. The 88-year-old later tested positive for COVID-19.

India reported highest single-day deaths of COVID-19 patients with 1,761 new deaths reported in the last 24 hours, taking the death total to 1,80,530 on Tuesday.

India registered 2,59,170 fresh CCOVID cases in the same period, a slight dip against previous day's total of 2,73,810 cases, the highest single-day spike ever. With this India’s overall COVID total rose to 1,53,21,089, according to the Health Ministry data released on Tuesday.

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