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Published On: Tue, Sep 29th, 2020

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu tests positive for COVID-19

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New Delhi: NDA candidate for Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, arrives to  cast his vote in the Vice Presidential Election, in New Delhi on Saturday.   PTI Photo by Manvender Vashist(PTI8_5_2017_000016a)

NEW DELHI : Vice President Venkaiah Naidu has tested positive for COVID-19. The announcement was made by Naidu’s secretariat through his official Twitter account. Naidu’s wife Usha Naidu was tested negative and has been put under a self-isolation.his office said in a tweet this evening. The 71-year-old, who is in home quarantine, is “asymptomatic and in good health”, the tweet read.

 

Mr Naidu who underwent a routine COVID-19 test today morning has been tested positive. He is, however, asymptomatic and in good health. He has been advised home quarantine. His wife Smt. Usha Naidu has been tested negative and is in self-isolation,” Naidu’s office said in a tweet.

Shortly before, Naidu’s office had stressed on the importance of following a routine and the need to live a healthy life to battle COVID-19.
“It is important that we do not discriminate against anyone who is COVID positive or anyone who has come in contact with a COVID patient. We have to promote empathetic attitude and positive messaging around COVID-19,” his official Twitter handle had said earlier today.
Mr Naidu, who is also the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, recently attended the monsoon session of parliament, which was cut short after more than 25 members tested positive forthe virus. Both houses of parliament were adjourned indefinitely on September 23, instead of continuing till the designated date of October 1.
Today, for the first time in 28 days, the number of coronavirus deaths over a 24-hour period dropped below 1,000. Along with the 776 fatalities, a total of 96,318 people have lost theirlives to the disease till now.
The number of people affected by the disease has crossed the 61-lakh mark, counting in the 70,589 new cases over the last 24 hours, showed data released by the Health Ministry this morning.
The report of a second sero-survey  held between August 17 and September 22 has showed that 7.1 per cent of the country’s adult population has been exposed to the virus. This is a big jump from the 0.73 per cent logged in the first survey, conducted in the same 700 villages and urban wards in May.

The report comes as the country gets ready for the next phase of lifting of coronavirus-related restrictions. Over the next couple of days, the Centre is expected to announce guidelines for Unlock 5. The current phase is due to end on Wednesday.

The number of people affected by the disease has crossed the 61-lakh mark, counting in the 70,589 new cases over the last 24 hours, showed data released by the Health Ministry this morning.

 

 

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