Published On: Fri, Jun 12th, 2020

Dhananjay Munde tests positive for coronavirus, third minister in Maharashtra

Mumbai: Maharashtra cabinet minister Dhananjay Munde, who belongs to the NCP, has tested positive for COVID-19, sources said on Friday.

Maharashtra cabinet minister Dhananjay Munde

Munde, who hails from the Marathwada region, had attended the cabinet meeting held at the state secretariat here earlier this week, the sources said.

He is the third cabinet minister in Maharashtra to test positive for the viral infection.

“It came to light on late Thursday night that the minister has tested positive for the disease. He has been quarantined in Mumbai,” the sources said.

Apart from the minister, a few members of his personal staff, too, have tested positive for the disease and are being isolated, they said. Earlier, two cabinet ministers, Ashok Chavan (Congress) and Jitendra Awhad (NCP), had tested positive for the disease and recovered later.

With over 97,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, Maharashtra continues to be on edge. The state has the most active cases with nearly 48,000 people infected and is also the worst-hit in India with a total of 3,590 deaths so far, according to the Union Health Ministry.

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