Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain was admitted to hospital last night with high fever and complaints of breathing trouble, a day after he attended a meeting with Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and others. He was tested this morning for coronavirus at Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital, where he’s being treated and the results are awaited.
In a tweet this morning, the 55-year-old Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader wrote: “Due to high grade fever and a sudden drop of my oxygen levels last night I have been admitted to RGSSH. Will keep everyone updated (sic)”.
Replying to the post, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted in Hindi: “You kept serving the public 24*7 without taking care of yourself. Please take care of your health and get well soon.”
अपनी सेहत का ख़्याल किए बिना आप रात दिन 24 घंटे जनता की सेवा में लगे रहे। अपना ख़्याल रखें और जल्द स्वस्थ हों। https://t.co/pmsU5fuuRP
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) June 16, 2020
AAP MLA Raghav Chadha said this morning: “I spoke to him (Satyendar Jain) just a few minutes ago and his respiratory rate is stable.”
Last week, Arvind Kejriwal had tested negative for coronavirus after he went into self-isolation at his home. He had a bout of fever and throat pain.
On Sunday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met to discuss the national capital’s response to coronavirus. Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minster Manish Sisodia and Satyendar Jain, among other senior ministers and officials, were also present at the meeting.
With over 42,000 COVID-19 cases, Delhi has the third highest number of infections in India after Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.
Last week, the Supreme Court had pulled the Arvind Kejriwal government over the spike in virus cases and said that the situation in the national capital is “horrendous, horrific and pathetic”.
Slamming the AAP government for not following the Union Health Ministry’s guidelines, the top court had said: “The situation in Delhi is horrendous, horrific and pathetic. (There is a) very sorry state of affairs in its hospitals that aren’t giving due care and concern to the bodies. Patients’ families aren’t even informed about deaths. Families haven’t been able to attend the last rites too in some cases.”
The top court had also sent notice to centre, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Bengal after it took a note of reports of improper handling of COVID-19 patients and disposal of bodies in the country.
Yesterday, Amit Shah and Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal assured that there will be coronavirus testing for all in Delhi after an all-party meet amid rise in coronavirus cases in the national capital.
Across India, the number of cases has soared to 3.43 lakh cases; 9,900 patients have died.