Maharashtra minister Jitendra Awhad has tested positive for coronavirus, media reports said late on Thursday.
Jitendra Awhad is a Cabinet Minister for Housing, Government of Maharashtra. He represents the Mumbra-Kalwa constituency of Thane city as a Nationalist Congress Party member in the Vidhan Sabha.
The 54-year-old legislator had admitted himself to a private hospital in Thane for a precautionary check-up, India Today reports.
According to local reports, those in touch with Awhad and had tested positive included five of his police bodyguards, house helps, cook, and some local NCP workers.
The NCP leader was under home quarantined along with 15 members of his family for a week as some of his security staff tested had positive for coronavirus.
It is suspected that Awhad was infected with the virus after he met a senior police inspector of Mumbra police station earlier in April. The police officer tested positive last week when he was on leave at his native town in Nashik. All staff at Mumbra police station were sent into home quarantine.
According to the Health Ministry data, India’s tally of COVID-19 cases stands at 21,700, including 16,689 active cases, 686 deaths, and 4,324 recoveries and one migrated patient.