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Madhya Pradesh: Journalist who attended Kamal Nath’s presser tests positive for Covid-19

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A Madhya Pradesh journalist who attended the press conference of former CM Kamal Nath, where he announced his decision to step down as the Chief Minister ahead of the trust vote, has tested positive for coronavirus. The media briefing on Friday was attended by ministers, MLAs and journalists including those who came from Delhi to cover the political unrest in the state that was triggered after resignations of Jyotiraditya Scindia and 22 Congress MLAs.

According to a report in The Indian Express, the scribe’s daughter tested positive for Covid-19 recently. She had returned from London via Delhi. Her brother who accompanied her from Delhi to Bhopal in Shatabdi Express has, however, tested negative.

Meanwhile, his family is under quarantine and his daughter is undergoi AIIMS Bhopal. Other journalists who were present at the press conference on Friday have been asked to self-quarantine to prevent the spread of virus.

Kamal Nath had on Friday addressed the media in Bhopal wherein he announced his decision to step down as the CM of Madhya Pradesh, hours before Supreme Court-ordered floor test. The 15-month-old Congress government failed to survive after 22 MLAs loyal to Jyotiraditya Scindia resigned.

The deadly virus has infected over 500 in the country, including 15 in Madhya Pradesh. It has claimed 11 lives so far in the country and nearly 18,000 worldwide. The country is currently under a 21-day lockdown to contain the spread of virus. The lockdown was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday night.

In Madhya Pradesh, the government has said that strict action will be taken against the violators of the lockdown. According to Indore’s chief medical and health officer Dr Praveen Jadiya, none of the five coronavirus patients in the city have history of travel to abroad. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has made an appeal to the public to cooperate the authourties and assured no shortage of essential items.