Former Maharashtra CM Ashok Chavan tests COVID-19 positive


Maharashtra cabinet minister and former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan has tested positive for coronavirus in Mumbai. Congress leader Ashok Chavan is the current PWD minister of Maharashtra.


“He contracted the infection a few days back and is now undergoing treatment,” an official added.


The former Chief Minister’s condition has been described as asymptomatic.


He is the second Cabinet Minister in the Maha Vikas Aghadi government to test positive after Housing Minister Jitendra Awhad was diagnosed last month. After nearly a month’s treatment, Awhad was fully cured and discharged. Meanwhile, the number of Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra crossed the 50,000-mark on Sunday on account of 3,041 new detections, the highest in the single day.


The overall death toll in the state has gone up by 58, including 39 from Mumbai, to 1,635.


The number of the Covid-19 cases detected in the state now stands at 50,231 while that of active cases at 33,988. The number of recovered patients rose by 1,196 in the day to 14,600.