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Ramesh Pokhriyal tests positive for Covid-19

‘All the work of Education Ministry is being conducted normally observing necessary precautions’
Ramesh Pokhriyal.

Our Bureau, Agencies   |   New Delhi   |   Published 21.04.21, 04:04 PM

Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday.

The 61-year-old minister said he is following medical advice after his report came positive.


"This is to inform you all that I have tested COVID positive today. I am taking medication and treatment as per the advice of my doctors. Request all those who have come in my contact recently to be observant, and get themselves tested," he tweeted.

"All the work of @EduMinOfIndia is being conducted normally observing necessary precautions," he added.

The education minister on Tuesday had announced that UGC NET December 2020 exams set to be held in May 2021 has been postponed due to the surge in Covid-19 cases.

"Keeping in mind the safety and wellbeing of candidates and exam functionaries during COVID-19 outbreak, I have advised the National Testing Agency to postpone the UGC-NET December 2020 cycle (May 2021) exams," he had said.

Pokhriyal is one of the many political leaders who tested positive for Covid-19. On Tuesday, senior Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Anand Sharma got infected by the virus while on Monday former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh was shifted to AIIMS in New Delhi following the same diagnosis.

A total of 2,95,041 fresh Covis-19 infections were registered in a span of 24 hours, the health ministry said on Wednesday.

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