Union Home Minister Amit Shah was admitted to Delhi's AIIMS last night, nearly two weeks after he was discharged from the hospital. He was earlier admitted to the national capital's top hospital for post Covid-care.
In an official statement, the AIIMS this morning said: "Shri Amit Shah, Honourable Home Minister, was discharged from AIIMS, New Delhi, after post Covid-care on August 30. As per advice given at discharge, he has now been admitted for complete medical checkup before parliament session for 1-2 days (sic)."
The 55-year-old BJP leader had tested positive for coronavirus, which has affected over 47 lakh people in India so far, on August 2 when he was taken to private hospital Medanta in Gurgaon. On August 14, he had tweeted that he would be in home isolation for a few more days on the advice of his doctors.
He was admitted to the AIIMS on August 18 after he complained of "fatigue and body ache". He left the hospital after 13 days on August 31 after the doctors said the Home Minister had "recovered".
"Amit Shah, Union Home Minister, is admitted at AIIMS, New Delhi for post-COVID care. He has recovered and is likely to be discharged in a short time," the AIIMS had said in a statement on August 30.
Last night, at around 11 PM, he was admitted to the hospital again.
Several BJP leaders wished him speedy recovery on social media.
"Just received the news about the ill-health of Union Home Minister Amit Shah. I pray to God for his good health," Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan tweeted in Hindi.
Former Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje tweeted: "I pray to god for his speedy recovery."
The monsoon session of the parliament begins tomorrow with Covid safety measures, including compulsory face mask and social distancing in place.
With 200 out of 785 members of parliament above 65 years of age, and at least seven Union Ministers and two dozen lawmakers recovering from COVID-19, the coronavirus pandemic has cast a shadow over the monsoon session. India recorded its biggest single-day surge of 97,570 new patients on Saturday, the government said. The Covid tally crossed the 47 lakh-mark today.