Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Cabinet minister Satish Mahana said on August 29 that he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus and isolated himself at home.

He has requested those who have come in contact with him in the past few days to get their coronavirus tests done.

"After initial symptoms of COVID, I got myself tested yesterday (Friday) and the report came positive," the infrastructure and industrial development minister tweeted.

"I have isolated myself at home on the advice of doctors."

India, on August 29, reported a spike of 76,472 new infections. The tally now stands at 34,63,973.

It was the first time that more than 1,000 infection deaths were reported four days in a row in India. According to reports, India ranks third in the highest number of coronavirus cases trailing Brazil (3,804,803 cases) and the US (5,913,913 cases).