Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan

Guwahati: Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. Chouhan is the first head of state to test positive for the novel coronavirus in India.

Informing about the same, Chouhan tweeted: “My dear countrymen, I was having COVID-19 symptoms, after testing, my reports have came back positive. I appeal to all my colleagues, whoever has come in contact with me, to get their coronavirus tests done. My close contacts must move to quarantine.”

In a subsequent tweeted, cautioning people, he wrote, “I am following all COVID-19 guidelines. According to doctor’s advise, I will quarantine myself. I appeal to all the people of my state to be careful. Even a little carelessness can invite coronavirus. I made every effort to avoid Covid but people used to meet me to discuss many issues.”

The CM said that since March 25, he had been reviewing the COVID-19 situation in the state. And from now on, he will try to conduct these meetings via video conferencing.

In his absence, these meeting will now be held by home minister Narottam Misra and his other Cabinet ministers.

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