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Uttar Pradesh Minister Gulab Devi tests positive for COVID-19.



Uttar Pradesh Minister Gulab Devi on Friday said she has tested positive for COVID-19 and isolated herself at home.

In a statement, the minister of state for secondary education said she is doing fine.

“I want to bring to your notice that I had a cough for two days. I got myself tested in Lucknow and have been found positive for coronavirus. I appeal to all those who came in contact with me to get themselves tested,” the BJP MLA from Chandausi said.

“I am doing fine and will be available to serve you soon,” Devi said.

As of Thursday, Uttar Pradesh’s COVID-19 tally stood at 5,97,823 and the death toll at 8,597.


MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan assures workers of No lockdown amid rising cases in the state



Amid a sudden spike in the number of fresh Covid-19 cases in Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has assured workers, labourers to not be apprehensive of the scarcity of work in the state as no fresh lockdown will be imposed in the state.

“(A fresh) lockdown will not be imposed so that economic activities do not get adversely affected in the state,” Chouhan said at a Covid-19 review meeting, adding that labourers will be absorbed in MGNREGA works, news agency PTI reported.

Concerns of a second lockdown are looming large as several states are imposing local lockdowns, night curfews to contain the sudden spike of Covid-19. Madhya Pradesh too has witnessed a small spike and is among those states that have been flagged by the Centre as worrying.

Since the state shares border with Maharashtra and an influx of road travellers from Maharashtra is likely during Mahashivratri, the government has made the screening of these travellers mandatory at border points.

But apart from these preventive measures, there will be no fresh lockdown, the chief minister has said.

Upcoming fairs in Pachmarhi, Betul, Chhindwara, Barwani and the districts bordering Maharashtra have been postponed.

On Wednesday, Madhya Pradesh reported 344 fresh Covid-19 cases, taking the total tally to 2,60,313. It is one of the states that have reported more than 100 average daily new cases in the past week.

In 2020, Madhya Pradesh became one of the hotspots of the infection which was partially attributed to the political upheaval at that time in the state. As on Wednesday, Indore has 740 active cases and Bhopal has 496 active Covid-19 cases.

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