Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu, currently on an official tour to the national capital, today announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19 through an RT-PCR test and is self-isolating himself as per the standard operating procedure (SOP).
Khandu said he is asymptomatic and feeling healthy, and requested all those people who came in contact with him in the past few days to follow the COVID-19 SOPs.
Taking to Twitter, the Chief Minister wrote: “I had undergone Covid test RT-PCR and have tested positive for Covid19. I am asymptomatic and feeling healthy. However as per SOP and safety of others, I am self isolating myself and request everyone who came in contact with me to adhere to the SOP.”
The Chief Minister is currently lodged at the Arunachal Bhavan in New Delhi, said an official of the CMO here.
Sources said that the Chief Minister, who reached the national capital on Saturday from his hometown Tawang via Guwahati, called on Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday and had a detailed discussion on various matters relating to Arunachal Pradesh.
Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, Lok Sabha member Tapir Gao and State Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar accompanied him during the meeting.
Meanwhile, politicians have wished Khandu speedy recovery and good health.
“Praying for your speedy recovery, @PemaKhanduBJP ji,” Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh
“Please take care sir. Prayer for you,” BJP’s Kanubari legislator Gabriel D Wangsu wrote.
The news of the Chief Minister testing COVID-19 positive comes a couple of days after State Health Minister Alo Libang and Agriculture Minister Tage Taki contracted the virus.
Besides Khandu, Libang and Taki, five other politicians, including Education Minister Taba Tedir, State BJP president and Pakke-Kessang MLA Biyuram Wahge, Namsai MLA Chau Zingnu Namchoom, Lekang MLA Jummum Ete Deori and Kalaktang MLA Dorjee Wangdi Kharma have also tested positive for COVID-19.