New Delhi: IT and Telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has gone into self-isolation, as he had met Union home minister Amit Shah on Saturday evening (July 31), a source said.

Prasad does not have any symptoms and the self-isolation is purely based on existing protocol, the source added.

Home minister Amit Shah on Sunday (August 2) said that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and was admitted to hospital following the advice of doctors.

He took tests after showing symptoms of coronavirus and the report was positive, the union home minister had said via Twitter.

India's COVID-19 tally crossed the 18-lakh mark on Monday, just a day after it went past 17 lakh, with 52,972 cases reported in a day while the number of recoveries surged to over 11.86 lakh, according to the Union Health Ministry data.

The total coronavirus cases surged to 18,03,695, while the death toll due to COVID-19 climbed to 38,135 with 771 people succumbing to the disease in a day, the data updated at 8 am showed.

There are 5,79,357 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country at present while the recoveries have increased to 11,86,203.

The COVID-19 recovery rate stands at 65.44%, while the fatality rate is at 2.13%, the data stated.