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Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope tests COVID-19 positive as state battles virus surge

Maharashtra has been witnessing a fresh spike rise in COVID-19 cases for the past few days. On Thursday, February the state reported 5,427 new coronavirus cases and 38 deaths due to COVID-19 in 24 hours.

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope tests COVID-19 positive as state battles virus surge
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On Thursday late evening, February 18, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope took to Twitter and informed that he has tested positive for coronavirus infection.

Tweeting in Marathi, Tope said, "I have tested positive for coronavirus. My health condition is fine and consulting a doctor. With the blessings of all of you, I will soon be in your service after defeating COVID-19."

He also appealed to those who have come into contact with him recently to get themselves tested at the earliest. "Anyone who had come in contact with me should be careful and get tested for coronavirus immediately if symptoms appear," Rajesh Tope said in his tweet.

Moreover, earlier in the day, Maharashtra water resources minister and state NCP chief Jayant Patil had said that he had tested positive for coronavirus. Patil was on a statewide tour called ‘NCP Parivar Samwad Yatra’ which began on January 28 in an effort to strengthen the party. Besides, NCP leader Eknath Khadse has also tested positive on the same day.

Maharashtra has been witnessing a fresh spike rise in COVID-19 cases for the past few days. On Thursday, February the state reported 5,427 new coronavirus cases and 38 deaths due to COVID-19 in 24 hours. The case fatality rate in the state is 2.48 per cent.

Concerned over the increasing number of coronavirus cases, the administration in three districts of Maharashtra — Amravati, Akola and Yavatmal -- announced a 10-day lockdown after a sudden rise in cases were reported there.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) also issued fresh guidelines for Mumbai as the city witnesses a spurt in virus cases.

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