Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA and national spokesperson Atishi Marlena has tested positive for the novel Coronavirus on Wednesday. This was confirmed by her colleagues from AAP. Sources confirmed that Atishi was tested for the virus on Tuesday, June 16 and her reports came positive on Wednesday. She is currently under home quarantine, the source added. Atishi represents the Kalkaji assembly constituency in Delhi.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wished her for a speedy recovery on Twitter. “Atishi ji has played an important role in the fight against corona. I hope that she will get healthy soon and again get involved in serving the people,” tweeted the CM in Hindi.
Aam Aadmi Party MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj tweeted, “Get well soon Atishi, recover soon from Corona.”
On Monday, the Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain was tested negative for COVID-19.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has stated that the number of confirmed cases of infection in Delhi is 44,688. As of June 17, 26,351 people out of the total number have been recognised as active cases, 16,500 people are in recovery, and 1,837 people have lost lives to the virus.
Earlier this week, Home Minister Amit Shah had visited the State-run Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) hospital to inspect work and progress related to the pandemic and interact with frontline workers. Shah also organised a series of meetings with Delhi Chief Minister Arvid Kejriwal, mayors of the three municipal corporations which run in the state, LG Anil Baijal and top officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs and MoHFW, to discuss the progress and work being done to control the spread of the virus.
The Delhi government has been working intensively along with the central government to accelerate the rate of tests in the national capital and increase the number of hospital beds available for treating patients with the Coronavirus. Banquet halls in Delhi have been recently turned into isolation wards and quarantine centres to facilitate people.