Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has tested positive for Covid-19 — the first CM to be infected by the virus. He has been admitted to a private hospital.
Chouhan (61) tweeted on Saturday, “I appeal to all my colleagues and all those who came in contact with me to get themselves tested for Coronavirus. My close contacts have moved into quarantine. I am following all Covid-19 guidelines.”

I will quarantine myself following medical advice… I appeal to the people of my state to be careful. The slightest of carelessness invites coronavirus infection. I made every effort to avoid Covid-19 but people meet me for various reasons,” he added.
Two days ago, Chouhan’s cabinet colleague Arvind Bhadoria had tested positive just hours after attending a meeting chaired by the CM. Bhadoria and Chouhan were also together at the last rites of BJP veteran Lalji Tandon in Lucknow, which was also attended by defence minister Rajnath Singh and UP governor and acting MP governor Anandiben Patel. BJP state chief V D Sharma who was at the same event and had travelled with Bhadoria has tested negative.
Chouhan has been admitted to Chirayu Medical College in Bhopal, said home minister Narottam Mishra. “As the CM tweeted, he took all protective measures to avoid infection. His medical update will be available on Thursday evening,” he said.
In the evening, Chirayu medical college director Ajay Goenka told reporters that the CM’s health is “absolutely stable”. “He only has Covid-19 and his medical condition, sugar levels and oxygen saturation are normal,” said Dr Goenka. “Line of treatment is not defined in Covid-19. It is novel coronavirus, and unpredictable. As we speak, the patient’s condition is stable,” he added.