Maharashtra cabinet minister Dhananjay Munde has been tested COVID-19 positive. His test reports came on Thursday night. As per local media reports, he doesn't have any symptoms of the disease though, adding that five of his employees, comprising his two drivers, personal helpers and his cook also tested positive for coronavirus.
However, all of them including Munde are asymptomatic.
Munde is the third minister in Maharashtra to test COVID-19 positive as the state is grappling with the highest count of coronavirus cases in the country.
Before Munde, Minister of Housing Jitendra Awhad and Senior Congress leader and PWD Minister Ashok Chavan also tested COVID-19 positive and have also recovered.
Munde has been quite active with a lot of his political engagements of late. He attended a state cabinet meeting on Wednesday and also inaugurated a throat swab testing lab in Beed district.
Maharashtra's recovery rate stands at 47.02 per cent while the fatality (death) rate is at 3.07 per cent.
Meanwhile, India reported over 10,000 new Covid-19 cases in 24 hours for the first time, taking the country's tally to 2,97,535, while the death toll rose to 8,498 with a record single-day spike of 396 fatalities, according to the Health Ministry data.