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Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani tests positive for COVID-19: Hospital

Rahul M
·1-min read

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Monday has tested positive for COVID-19 after he had fainted during a rally in Vadodara on Sunday.

Rupani, 64, fainted on stage while addressing a rally in Nizampura area of Vadodara for the upcoming civic polls in the state, following which he was flown to Ahmedabad and admitted in a hospital.

'Rupaniji fainted due to tiredness and dehydration. We have done a thorough checkup and all his tests are normal,' Dr R K Patel from the U N Mehta Hospital, where the chief minister is admitted, had earlier told reporters.

State Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said though Rupani is fine, he would be kept under observation for 24 hours.

On Sunday,Prime Minister Narendra Modi enquired about Rupani's health over phone, a statement issued by the Chief Minister's Office said.

Modi told Rupani to get himself thoroughly checked and to take proper rest, it said.

This was Rupani's third political rally during the day in Vadodara.

Elections to six municipal corporations, including Vadodara, will be held on February 21, while those for various other municipalities, districts and taluka panchayats will be held on February 28. 

(With inputs from agencies)