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Published On: Wed, Aug 12th, 2020

AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik tests COVID-19 Positive

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naikNWE DELHI :Union Minister for AYUSH Shripad Naik on Wednesday tested positive for coronavirus COVID-19. Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, Naik informed about his health, adding that his vitals are within normal limits. Mr Naik is now the fifth union minister to test Covid positive.
“I underwent Covid-19 test today & it has turned out asymptomatically positive. My vitals are within normal limits and I have opted for home isolation,” he tweeted.
He asked those who have come in contact with him to get tested. “Those who have come in contact with me in last few days are advised to get tested for themselves and take required precautions,” he further tweeted.Several other union ministers have tested positive for the COVID-19.
On August 2, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had tested positive for COVID-19 and was admitted to Medanta Hospital in Gurugram. The 55-year-old BJP leader took to social media to report his infection.
Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on August 4 tested positive for COVID-19 and was admitted to a hospital. In a tweet, Pradhan had said that he has been admitted to hospital after testing positive of COVID-19.
Pradhan, 51, had developed COVID-like symptoms on August 3 and was tested the next day. “After seeing symptoms of COVID-19, I got tested. The report has come positive. On the advice of doctors, I have been admitted to hospital and I am healthy,” he had tweeted.
Union Minister of State for Agriculture Kailash Chaudhary also tested positive for coronavirus on August 8 and was admitted to a hospital in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur.
Union Minister of State in Ministry of Water Resources Arjun Ram Meghwal on August 8 had said that he has tested positive for COVID-19. He has been admitted to Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for treatment. Meghwal is the fourth Union minister to have tested positive for corona virus. ”
Union Minister Shripad Naik has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. In a tweet posted Wednesday evening Mr Naik said he was asymptomatic, that his vitals were “within normal limits” and that he had opted for home isolation.

Mr Naik, who heads the Ayush (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) Ministry, also asked all those who had come in contact with him over the past few days to get themselves tested as well.

“I underwent COVID-19 test today and it has turned out asymptomatically positive. My vitals are within normal limits and I have opted for home isolation. Those who have come in contact with me in the last few days are advised to get tested and take required precautions,” he wrote.

In June Mr Naik’s ministry made headlines after yoga teacher Baba Ramdev said his company, Patanjali Ayurved, would launch two medicines that it claimed could cure COVID-19 patients within seven days.
The ministry stopped Patanjali from advertising the medicines and asked for data from clinical trials that Ramdev claimed were “100 per cent” successful.
Days later “Coronil and Swasari” was rebranded as a COVID-19 “management” kit. News agency Press Trust of India said the Ayush ministry had confirmed Patanjali could sell it, but not as a cure for COVID-19
There is no scientific evidence of any alternative cure for COVID-19, even as vaccines are being tested by many countries; Russia, yesterday, claimed to have developed the first to offer “sustainable immunity”. The WHO (World Health Organisation) has also cautioned against such claims.

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