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Indian National Congress president tests positive for Covid as New Delhi goes into lockdown

INDIAN National Congress president Rahul Gandhi says that he has tested positive for Covid-19 after experiencing mild symptoms.

Mr Gandhi, 50, said in a tweet today that “all those who’ve been in contact with me recently, please follow all safety protocols and stay safe.”

Mr Gandhi last week called off political rallies in West Bengal state where provincial elections are being held.

On Monday, another top Congress Party leader and former prime minister Manmohan Singh also tested positive and was hospitalised as a precaution. Mr Singh, 88, had a mild fever on Sunday.

India’s Health Ministry reported 259,170 new infections and 1,761 deaths on yesterday. The country has reported daily infections above the 200,000 mark for six days.

The capital New Delhi imposed a week-long lockdown on Monday night to prevent the collapse of the city’s health system, which authorities said had been pushed to its limit amid an explosive surge in coronavirus cases.

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