Bihar Deputy Chief Ministers; 2 Ministers Covid+ve After Public Events

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  • Bihar Deputy CM and 2 of their cabinet colleagues diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • All came positive during an social event 'Janata Durbar'.
  • Yesterday Bihar reported 893 new COVID-19 cases.

Patna: Bihar Deputy Chief Ministers Tarkishore Prasad and Renu Devi, and two of their cabinet colleagues Ashok Choudhary and Sunil Kumar have all tested positive for COVID-19. This comes 2 days after as many as 11 people present at Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s residence tested positive for the virus. Of these, 6 were supposed to attend the Chief Minister’s ‘Janata Durbar’ interaction with the public while the rest were members of a catering team. Sunil Kumar, the Excise Minister, was present with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar during that event and was also present with the Chief Minister for the hours-long review meeting that followed.

In July last year, Nitish Kumar tested negative after coming in close contact with a BJP leader who had tested positive. A few days before a close relative of the Chief Minister had also tested positive. Meanwhile, Tarkishore Prasad was at another function with Rajiv Ranjan, or Lalan Singh, the National President of the ruling Janata Dal (United), and Mr Singh has tested positive. “I have tested positive for Covid and I have isolated myself at home now. Those who came in touch with me in last few days please isolate yourself and get RT-PCR tests at (the) earliest,” Mr Singh tweeted.

On Monday Nitish Kumar said reports of his colleagues testing positive was “very sad”. He underlined the danger posed by the virus, pointing out that cases were now spreading very quickly. Last week, after Bihar reported its first case of the more infectious Omicron variant, Mr Kumar said the third wave of the pandemic had begun in the state. “Bihar has recorded its first Omicron case. Everyone has to be alert. The third Covid wave has begun (but) we are fully prepared,” he had said. Bihar’s first Omicron case is a 26-year-old resident of Patna’s Kidwaipuri neighbourhood who had recently travelled to Delhi. Yesterday Bihar reported 893 new COVID-19 cases to take the state’s active caseload to 2,222. Over 500 cases were reported from capital Patna.

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