Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal tests positive for coronavirus
"This is to inform you all that I have tested COVID positive today. I am taking medication and treatment as per the advice of my doctors. Request all those who have come in my contact recently to be observant, and get themselves tested," he tweeted.
Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on Wednesday said that he has tested positive for Covid-19. "This is to inform you all that I have tested COVID positive today," he wrote on Twitter.
He also clarified that all the work in the ministry is being “conducted normally observing necessary precautions.”
While the minister has been addressing students and college events including convocations, meetings with board officials among others, his addresses have been held digitally. Pokhriyal had recently held a high-level meeting with officials from the ministry, CBSE, and Prime Minister Modi earlier this week. In the meeting, it was decided that class 10 board exams will be canceled and class 12 boards will be postponed for all CBSE-affiliated schools.
Meanwhile, all the universities, colleges, and schools across India have been shut due to the rising cases of coronavirus in India.
Nearly 3 lakh new Covid-19 cases and over 2,000 deaths were reported in India on Wednesday, a record-high since the pandemic broke out last year. As per the union health ministry, as many as 2,95,041 new Covid-19 cases and 2,023 deaths were reported, taking the total cases to 1,56,16,130, including 21,57,538 active cases.
As many as 1,32,76,039 recoveries have been reported so far, out of which 1,67,457 were reported in the last 24 hours. The death count stands at 1,82,553.