- No need to be afraid of COVID-19: MP Chief Minister
- Get a test and start treatment immediately: MP Chief Minister
- Madhya Pradesh CM, Shivraj Singh Chouhan is seeking treatment for COVID-19
New Delhi: “Dear countrymen, There is no need to be afraid of #COVID19,” said Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in a video he shared on Twitter on Sunday, July 26. A day before on Saturday, July 25, CM Chouhan had confirmed that he has tested positive for COVID-19, and is seeking treatment in Bhopal. In the video, which he recorded while in the hospital, he urges everyone to get a test done as soon as symptoms appear.
Get a test as soon as symptoms appear and start treatment immediately if you are positive, you will definitely get victory over Corona, he tweeted.
Mr Chouhan further said that the main weapon to fight COVID-19, ‘is the mask and two yards’ and everyone must use these weapons.
प्रिय प्रदेशवासियों, आपको #COVID19 से डरने की जरूरत नहीं है। लक्षण प्रकट होते ही टेस्ट कराएं और पॉजिटिव होने पर तत्काल इलाज शुरू करवाएं तो कोरोना पर विजय अवश्य मिलेगी।
— Shivraj Singh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) July 26, 2020
In the 75-second video, Mr Chouhan is in the hospital attire in a room from Bhopal’s Chirayu Hospital, where he was admitted on Sunday afternoon. He described himself as ‘absolutely fine’ and reassured his followers that ‘there is no need to fear’. He also praised the healthcare workers who are treating him. He said,
I am absolutely fine, my friends. The dedication of coronavirus warriors, who selflessly risk their lives, is praiseworthy. I salute all coronavirus warriors of the state who are working for their patients.
He also appealed to everyone to not hide their symptoms but tell doctors immediately, so treatment can be started.
Timely treatment will make you healthy, he said in the video.
On Saturday, CM Chouhan confirmed that he has tested positive for COVID-19 despite his best efforts to avoid infection and warned people that ‘just a little carelessness invites the coronavirus’.
The Chief Minister repeatedly is urging everyone on Twitter to follow hygiene protocols and guidelines laid down by the centre, which include social distancing and the use of face masks.
Keep two metres distance, wash your hands frequently and wear face masks – these are the biggest weapons we have to avoid the coronavirus. I appeal to all people – use these weapons for yourself and your loved ones. All of you be careful, stay safe and healthy. This is what I pray to God, Mr Chouhan added.
Mr Chouhan’s immediate family – his wife Sadhna Singh and sons Kartikeya and Kunal – have all tested negative for the virus, although they are in quarantine as a precautionary measure, an MP health department official told NDTV. Madhya Pradesh has nearly 27,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, of which more than 7,600 remain active while 799 people succumbed to the infection.
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