Congress MP Shashi Tharoor has tested positive for Covid-19; he is the third senior Congress figure to test positive for the virus in the last couple of days.
Rahul Gandhi, 50, had only mild symptoms; he urged all those who had been in contact with him to “please follow all safety protocols and stay safe.”
On Monday former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had also tested positive.
Party sources said Mr Gandhi had not met his mother and interim chief Sonia Gandhi, or his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, in the past 12 days. Ms Gandhi Vadra has been in home isolation since April 2, after her husband, businessman Robert Vadra, tested positive.
Manmohan Singh, 88, is admitted at Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences. The former Prime Minister’s condition is stable.
Mr Tharoor, 65, said his sister, his 85-year-old mother and he were all Covid-positive, and that he is “hoping to deal with it in a ‘positive’ frame of mind, with rest, steam & plenty of fluids”.
“After waiting two days for a test appointment and another day-and-a-half for the results, I finally have confirmation: I’m Covid positive. Hoping to deal with it in a ‘positive’ frame of mind, with rest, steam and plenty of fluids. My sister and 85-year-old mother are in the same boat,” he tweeted.
Shortly after the above tweet Mr Tharoor posted again, confirming that he and his family had taken the two required doses of the coronavirus vaccine.
“Folks should know that my sister has had two doses of the Pfizer vaccine in California and my mother and I took our second Covishield shot on April 8. So we have every reason to hope that though vaccines cannot prevent infection, they will moderate the impact of the Covid virus,” he said.
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