Former Prime Minister and JD(S) supremo HD Deve Gowda, who was admitted to Manipal Hospital on March 31 after testing positive for Covid-19, has been discharged.

After leaving the hospital, he also tweeted his gratitude to all the leaders, friends and party workers who wished him and his wife a speedy recovery.

Dr Sudharshan Balala, in a statement, said that Gowda, who showed considerable improvement since his admission, was clinically stable.

The Rajya Sabha member will be under observation at his residence.

A few hours later, the veteran politician was ushered out of the hospital into his car by Dr Sudarshan Ballal, Chairman Manipal Hospitals, and Dr Satya Narayana Mysore, Consultant – Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine.

“We are very happy that you have recovered and going home today,” Dr Ballal said gifting a bouquet of flowers to Deve Gowda. Other top leaders who had wishes Deve Gowda a speedy recovery while he was hospitalised include Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, Indian Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa, Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah, and State Congress President DK Shivakumar among others.

Deve Gowda had confirmed in a tweet on March 31 that his wife and himself tested positive for Covid-19. “My wife Chennamma and I have tested positive for COVID-19. We are self-isolating along with other family members. I request all those who came in contact with us over the last few days to get themselves tested,” he tweeted.