Ashok Chavan, who was the former chief minister of Maharashtra and is now serving as the PWD minister was tested positive for the novel coronavirus pandemic. He became the second cabinet minister to be tested positive for the novel coronavirus after NCP leader Jitendra Awhad was tested COVID-19 positive earlier last month. .
Acoording to sources and reports, the minister was shifted to the Breach Candy Hospital, a private hospital in Mumbai from Nanded after the leader’s oxygen level started fluctuating. The minister was accompanied by a doctor and an attendant. He was seen waving at people as he boarded the ambulance for Mumbai from Nanded.
Chavan had attended some meetings in the last week in Mumbai before travelling back to his home district. A driver of the minister had tested positive for coronavirus a couple of days back, following which the minister isolated himself till his coronavirus test results were received.
An aide of the former chief minister said that the minister, whose condition was mentioned as asymptomatic travelled a distance of 500 kms for almost 12 hours in the ambulance as a special chartered plane could not be arranged.
Maharashtra is the most affected state in the country with almost 52667 cases reported in the state and over 1695 succumbing to the coronavirus outbreak.
A video clip of Chavan leaving his home district and boarding an ambulance was aired by news channels on Monday morning.
– Christo Freddy, NMTV News