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In India the Minister of Home Affairs, Amit Shah, has tested positive for Covid-19, sparking fears he could have infected Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the pair attended the same cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Joe Wallen reports.

Mr Shah is one of the most powerful, yet divisive figures, in Indian politics and he led the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from 2014 until January 2020. 

A long-term political ally of Mr Modi, Mr Shah acts as the Prime Minister’s spokesman, campaign strategist, and has been behind a string of recent and controversial Hindu nationalist policies. 

Mr. Shah announced that he was Covid-19 positive on Twitter last night. “After developing the initial symptoms of corona, I got the test done and the results came back positive,” he wrote. “My health is fine but I am being admitted to the hospital on the advice of doctors.

“I request that all of you who have come into contact with me in the last few days, please isolate yourself and get the test done”.

Mr. Shah did not reveal any details as to how he may have contracted Covid-19 but he has taken a hands-on approach as India struggles to contain the world’s third-largest and fastest-growing epidemic, with over 1.8 million cases.

He has inspected a number of Covid-19 facilities in New Delhi after residents took to social media to complain about the densely-populated city’s public hospitals were turning away Covid-19 patients because they had already reached capacity (more here).