Manish Sisodia Tests Negative For COVID-19, Discharged From Hospital

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has tested negative for the coronavirus and was discharged from hospital on Tuesday afternoon. Doctors have advised Mr Sisodia to rest for at least a week more before returning to his duties.

Mr Sisodia, who tested positive on September 14, was initially admitted to the state-run Lok Nayak Jayaprakash Hospital after spiking a fever and complaining of breathing difficulties.

At the time of his admission, doctors said, he also had falling levels of blood platelets.

“After suffering from mild fever, I took a coronavirus test and turned out to be positive. I have isolated myself. I don’t have a fever or any other problem as of now, I am absolutely fine. With your prayers, I am sure I will return to work after regaining my health,” he tweeted in Hindi.

He had initially been self-isolating himself at his official residence before his condition worsened and he was admitted to the LNJP Hospital.

According to Covid management guidelines, patients who do not have co-morbidities and do not belong to a vulnerable age group (below 10 years or over 60 years) have been advised home quarantine.

Mr Sisodia is 48 years old.

The following day hospital officials said Mr Sisodia had also tested positive for dengue. Later that same day he was shifted to the privately-run Max Hospital in Delhi’s Saket, where he underwent plasma therapy.

Mr Sisodia, with other ministers of the Delhi government, was actively involved in the fight against the virus, addressing virtual press briefings, inspecting Covid facilities and overseeing the management of the disease.

The national capital is the sixth worst-affected region in the country with over 2.7 lakh confirmed cases so far. Of these more than 5,200 are deaths linked to the virus, while active cases number around 27,000.

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