Bhubaneswar (NVI): Odisha Rural Development and Labour Minister Susanta Singh has tested positive for coronavirus.
He is the first minister from Odisha to have been infected with the virus.
Taking to twitter, the minister said, “I have tested positive for Corona and I am stable now. Those who have came in contact with me recently are requested to stay isolated and get tested.”
I have tested positive for Corona and I am stable now. Those who have came in contact with me recently are requested to stay isolated and get tested.
— Susanta Singh (@SusantaSingh11) August 17, 2020
Susanta Singh had attended the Independence Day celebrations in Balasore and hoisted the National Flag. Prior to him, five legislators had also been infected with COVID-19.
They are Prashant Behera (Salepur), Sudhansu Sekhar Parida (Remuna), Sukanta Kumar Nayak (Nilagiri), Srikanta Sahu (Polasara), and Soumya Ranjan Patnaik (Khandapada).
Odisha’s coronavirus tally rose to 62,294 after 2,244 more people tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hours, while 10 fresh fatalities pushed it’s COVID-19 death toll to 353.