New Delhi: Union home minister Amit Shah on Sunday (August 2) tested positive for COVID-19 coronavirus infection and has been admitted to hospital.

Shah took to social media to inform about his infection. “I have tested positive for COVID-19 and request people who have come in contact with me to get tested,” he stated.

He took tests after showing symptoms of coronavirus and the report showed he was positive for the infection. The union home minister confirmed this via Twitter.

India's COVID-19 tally crossed the 17-lakh mark on Sunday, just two days after it went past 16 lakh, with 54,735 cases being reported in a day, while the recoveries crossed the 11-lakh mark, according to the Union health ministry data.

The total coronavirus cases surged to 17,50,723, while the death toll climbed to 37,364 with 853 people succumbing to the disease in a day, the data updated at 8 am showed.

The recoveries have mounted to 11,45,629, while there are 5,67,730 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country presently.