Bengaluru: VK Sasikala, the close aide of late J Jayalalithaa, tested positive for the Covid-19 on Thursday night. Sasikala, admitted to the Bowring Hospital on Wednesday, is presently in the dedicated Covid-19 Centre of the Victoria Hospital in the city and her condition was stable, hospital sources added.

She had developed symptoms of Severe Acute Respiratory Illness, the very feature of Covid-19, but her previous Rapid Antigen and RT-PCR test reports turned negative. However, on suspicion, fresh tests were conducted on Thursday, which confirmed the Covid-19 infection, they said.

Serving a four-year imprisonment in a corruption case at the Parappana Agrahara Prison here, she was reportedly unwell at her prison cell for about a week and she was shifted to hospital after she developed a high temperature and complained of breathlessness, a week before her slated release on January 27.

She was admitted to the Bowring and Lady Curzon Medical College and Research Institute, also known as Bowring Hospital.

Earlier in the day, Bowring Hospital Director Dr Manoj Kumar H V said Sasikala''s oxygen saturation level was 80 (against the normal of 95 and above) on Wednesday evening when she was admitted to the hospital.

"She had breathlessness. Before that she had a fever. Accordingly, we gave her treatment. Now her oxygen saturation level is normal, which is 96. Her condition is stable now," Kumar told reporters.

According to him, she took a stroll in the morning. Sasikala's nephew and Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam general secretary TTV Dhinakaran, who rushed here on learning about her illness, told reporters she was stable.

(With inputs from agency)