Satyender Jain test COVID positive, Manish Sisodia takes on the charge


Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia was handed over an additional charge of Health Ministry and other departments. The change was done after Delhi Health Minister Satyender Jain who underwent COVID-19 test was declared positive, an official said.


Jain was admitted to Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital early Tuesday after running high fever and suffering a sudden drop in oxygen level. The 55-year-old leader’s test result came positive on Wednesday evening after a second test.


Jain will remain the cabinet minister without any portfolio in the Kejriwal government until he recovers, the official said, adding,


“The deputy CM has been given the charge of health, public works department, power and other departments.”On Sunday, Jain attended a high-level meeting on the coronavirus situation in the national capital, chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, which was also attended by Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal, Kejriwal, Sisodia and Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan.


Jain was brought to the hospital and was administered a test for the novel coronavirus infection on Tuesday morning, for which he tested negative. But he still ran fever and showed symptoms, so another test was done after 24 hours of the first test.