Mumbai: The novel coronavirus is spreading with a rapid speed in Maharashtra as the state is the worst hit state in the country. With many political leaders previously infected with COVID-19, Mumbai’s Guardian Minister Aslam Shaikh too has tested positive for the coronavirus. The minister said he is currently asymptomatic and requested those who came in close contact with him to get themselves tested.
The Minister for Textiles, Ports and Fisheries of the state, on his twitter handle said, “This is to inform that I’ve tested positive for #COVID019. I’m currently asymptomatic and isolating myself. I request all those who have come in close contact with me to get themselves tested.”
Shaikh has isolated himself inside his home for now. He further tweeted, “I’ll continue to work from home to serve people of my state.”
To curtail the spread of the novel virus, the state cabinet is also avoiding large assemblies and gatherings. Also, the most of cabinet meetings these days are conducted via video-conference with minimum people available at one place. So far four ministers from Maharashtra and some IAS officers are among those who have tested positive for the COVID-19.
Shaikh is the fourth minister in the Uddhav Thackeray-led government to infected with the virus. Housing Minister Jitendra Awhad, Public Works department minister Ashok Chavan, and Social Justice Minister Dhananjay Munde were previously hospitalised with the infection and now are fully recovered.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra witnessed over 9,500 cases as the highest daily spike with over 250 deaths reported in just 24 hours. The total number of coronavirus cases in the state now pass over 3,10,455 with death tally nearing 12 thousand mark.