On August 24, Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar tested positive for novel coronavirus. "I appeal to all colleagues and associates who came in my contact over the last week to get themselves tested. I request my close contacts to move into strict quarantine immediately," Khattar posted on Twitter.

For the last three days, Khattar had gone into self-quarantine at his residence in Chandigarh after Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat tested positive for coronavirus.

Earlier in the day, Haryana Assembly Speaker Gian Chand Gupta and two BJP MLAs Aseem Goel and Ram Kumar tested positive for COVID-19.

India’s COVID-19 recoveries have crossed 23 lakh and are more than three times the number of active cases of the infection in the country.  With 61,408 new infections reported in the country, the tally has now risen to 31.06 lakh. The toll stands at 57,542 with 836 deaths reported in the last 24 hours.

India’s COVID-19 tests per million rose sharply to 26,016 as cumulative tests surged to 3.59 crore, the Health Ministry said on Monday.