Maharashtra Food and Civil Supplies Minister Chhagan Bhujbal, on Monday, announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19.
Bhujbal is the seventh minister from the state to be infected by the virus this month.
“I have tested positive for COVID-19. I request people, who came in contact with me since past two to three days to get tested for the virus. My health is fine and hence there is no reason to worry about. All citizens should take proper care in the backdrop of COVID-19. Mask, sanitiser should be used regularly,” the senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader tweeted in Marathi.
Earlier this month, Maharashtra Ministers Anil Deshmukh, Rajendra Shingne, Jayant Patil, Rajesh Tope, Satej Patil and Bachchu Kadu had tested positive for the virus.
The development comes a day after the Cabinet Minister attended a meeting at the Nashik office on Sunday, to review the COVID-19 situation in the district.
Nashik District Collector Suraj Mandhare, Municipal Commissioner Kailas Jadhav, Commissioner of Police Deepak Pandey, District Superintendent of Police Sachin Patil, Zilla Parishad CEO Leena Bansod, District Surgeon Dr Ratna Ravkhande, District Health Officer Dr Kapil Aher, Resident District Surgeon Dr Prashant Khaire, Health Officer of Municipal Corporation Dr Bapusaheb Nagargoje, Resident Deputy Collector Bhagwat Doifode, Health Officer of District Hospital Dr Anant Pawar, Health Officer of Municipal Corporation Dr Avesh Pallod were present during the meet.
On Sunday, Maharashtra reported 6,971 new COVID-19 cases, raising the state’s infection tally to 21,00,884. The state reported 35 fatalities due to the virus on Sunday, taking the death toll to 51,788.