Punjab minister, two MLAs test Covid-19 positive ahead of assembly session

Healthcare worker checks the thermal temperature of the residence during a campaign for the coronavirus disease

A Punjab minister and two MLAs tested positive for coronavirus ahead of the Vidhan Sabha session on August 28.

Industries and Commerce Minister Sunder Sham Arora on Tuesday said he contracted the infection.

I have been tested positive for COVID-19 & has quarantined myself at my Chandigarh residence. I request all those persons who came in contact with me during last few days please get tested for coronavirus infection. Otherwise, I am at present not having any physical problem, Arora wrote on his Facebook page.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh wished him a speedy recovery.

Wishing my Cabinet colleague Industry & Commerce Minister Sunder Sham Arora Ji who has tested positive for #Covid19 a speedy recovery. Look forward to him joining us at work soon, said the CM in his tweet.

Arora, who is a legislator from Hoshiarpur seat, was the fourth minister of Amarinder Singh-led Congress government to have contracted the virus.

The one-day session of Punjab Vidhan Sabha will be held on August 28 here. Earlier, three ministers Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Gurpreet Singh Kangar and Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa tested positive for coronavirus.

Congress MLA from Rajpura Hardial Kamboj and Akali MLA from Sanaur Harinderpal Singh Chandumajra also tested positive for COVID-19.

Wishing speedy recovery to MLA Rajpura @HardialKamboj and MLA Sanaur Harinderpal Chandumajra who have been diagnosed #Covid19 positive. Best wishes, the chief minister tweeted.

Meanwhile, Shiromani Akali Dal Chief Sukhbir Singh Badal, his wife Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal and their daughter and son tested negative for the infection, a health official said.

The residence of the Badal family at Muktsar district has been declared a macro containment zone after a total of 19 persons, mostly security staff members deployed there, contracted the infection.

Earlier, the Badal family residence was declared a micro containment zone with eight peoplemostly security staff members--tested positive.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear Reader,

Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.

We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

Business Standard is now on Telegram.
For insightful reports and views on business, markets, politics and other issues, subscribe to our official Telegram channel