At a time when COVID-19 contamination had reached a community level in almost every part of the country, northeast India recorded its first Chief Minister to be infected by the disease on Tuesday.
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu, also thr youngest in the country, had on Tuesday evening took to Twitter to tell that he was detected COVID positive.
“I had undergone Covid test RT-PCR and have tested positive for Covid-19. I am asymptomatic and feeling healthy. However as per SOP and safety of others, I am self isolating myself and request everyone who came in contact with me to adhere to the SOP,” the 41-year old chief minister said in a tweet.
Khandu had last week trekked a distance of 24 km in 11 hours to meet people of a remote village under his home constituency Mukto in Tawang district.
Before Khandu, other Chief Ministers of the region had close shave with the disease.
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb’s wife and daughter had tested COVID positive in August first week and recovered from the disease.
Meghalaya Power Minister James P. K. Sangma, younger brother of the Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, had recently tested positive for Covid-19 after a visit to Manipur.
The CMs, Deb and Sangma, however, tested negative for infection.
Khandu, who last week trekked a distance of 24 km in 11 hours to meet people of a remote village under his home constituency Mukto in Tawang district, tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday.
Health officials in Shillong said that Meghalaya Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong and Power Minister had travelled together to New Delhi last week and then to Imphal where only James tested positive for the infectious disease on his arrival at the airport.