Rahul Gandhi tests positive for COVID-19

Formers Congress President Rahul Gandhi has asked everyone who had come in contact with him recently to follow all COVID-19 safety protocols.
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Rahul Gandhi, File Photo

New Delhi: Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday announced that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Rahul said he is experiencing mild symptoms of the disease.

The Congress MP has asked everyone who had come in contact with him recently to follow all COVID-19 safety protocols.

“After experiencing mild symptoms, I’ve just tested positive for COVID. All those who’ve been in contact with me recently, please follow all safety protocols and stay safe,” Rahul tweeted.

Earlier, Rahul had on Sunday announced that he was cancelling his planned political rallies in West Bengal due to the worsening COVID-19 situation. He had also appealed to other political parties to avoid hosting large gatherings.

“In view of the Covid situation, I am suspending all my public rallies in West Bengal. I would advise all political leaders to think deeply about the consequences of holding large public rallies under the current circumstances,” he had tweeted.

Earlier today, he had also criticised the government over its COVID-19 vaccine policy, calling it discriminatory. He had further expressed the apprehension that there was no vaccine guarantee for the weaker sections.

Rahul also pointed out that no free vaccines will be provided to those between the age of 18 and 45 years.

“No free vaccines for 18-45 yr olds. Middlemen brought in without price controls. No vaccine guarantee for weaker sections. GOI’s Vaccine Discrimination- Not Distribution- Strategy,” he wrote in a tweet.

The remarks came a day after the Centre declared that all persons above the age of 18 can get themselves vaccinated against COVID-19 starting May 1. The government also permitted private hospitals and states to procure vaccine doses directly from manufacturers.

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