Indian Interior Minister Amit Shah, a close aide to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was admitted to hospital after testing positive for coronavirus.
“I ask all of you who have contacted me in recent days to isolate yourself and get tested,” the 55-year-old wrote on Twitter on Sunday.
Shah said he got tested after showing the first symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.
“My health is fine but I am hospitalized on the advice of doctors,” he added.
Shah heads a ministry that has been at the forefront of handling the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
India has the third highest number of coronavirus cases in the world behind the United States and Brazil, with nearly 1.75 million confirmed infections, according to Johns Hopkins University. The number of related deaths is over 37,000, and there were also almost 1.15 million recoveries.
Shah was appointed president of the BJP shortly after Modi’s election victory in 2014, a post he held even earlier this year. Modi appointed him to the powerful Interior Ministry after being re-elected last year.
Shah’s tenure as Minister of the Interior was marked by controversy after the revocation of Article 370 of the Indian constitution which guaranteed a level of autonomy in Indian administered Kashmir, as well as the introduction of the National Citizens Register, or NRC – an exercise to identify undocumented people across India.
Shah is the the oldest Indian politician to test positive for coronavirus, as well as the The country’s latest high profile public figure to be diagnosed with COVID-19 since actor Amitabh Bachchan and members of his family revealed they tested positive last month.
Bachchan, hospitalized on July 11, was released after his last coronavirus test came back negative.
🙏🏽 my father, fortunately, tested negative on his last Covid-19 test and was released from the hospital. He will now be home and rest. Thank you all for all your prayers and wishes for him. 🙏🏽
– Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) August 2, 2020
His actor son, Abhishek Bachchan, who is still at Nanavati Super Specialist Hospital with the virus, said his father will be resting at home.
Bollywood Superstar and Abhishek Bachchan’s wife, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and their eight-year-old daughter, who also contracted the virus, left hospital last week after recovering.