Rahul Gandhi Tests Positive For COVID-19

Sources close to Rahul Gandhi said he's still at home, as advised by his doctor.

Rahul Gandhi had earlier cancelled all his election rallies in Bengal, citing the Covid spiral

New Delhi:

Rahul Gandhi has tested positive for Covid and is isolating at home.  The Congress leader tweeted today that he has mild symptoms.

"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 Gandhi, 50, wrote.

Sources close to the Congress MP said he's still at home, as advised by his doctor. He has reportedly not met with his mother and Congress president Sonia Gandhi in the last 12 days. He hasn't met with his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra either in five days, say his aides.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: "I pray for the good health and quick recovery of Lok Sabha MP Shri Rahul Gandhi."

Another top Congress leader, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, was admitted to hospital yesterday with high fever. The 88-year-old later tested positive for Covid. He has received two doses of Covaxin and was, according to sources, hospitalised as "a matter of precaution".

Rahul Gandhi was among those who posted his wishes for the Congress leader. "Dear Dr. Manmohan Singh Ji, Wishing you a speedy recovery. India needs your guidance and advice in this difficult time," he tweeted.

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said this morning Dr Singh was stable.  "Followed up on Dr Manmohan Singh Ji's health with the medical team attending to him at AIIMS, Delhi. His condition is stable. Best possible care is being provided to him. We all pray for his quick recovery," Harsh Vardhan tweeted.

Mr Gandhi had on Sunday cancelled all his election rallies in West Bengal citing the Covid spiral and had urged others to do the same.

"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 said on Twitter.

"One has seen such a crowd of the sick and the dead for the first time," he said in a separate tweet in Hindi that appeared to refer to the large crowds seen at the Bengal political rallies.