Maharashtra Minister Jitendra Awhad tests positive for coronavirus

Maharashtra Housing Minister Jitendra Awhad has tested COVID-19 positive, official sources said on Friday.

Awhad, along with 15 of his family members had been in home quarantine for more than a week after one of his security personnel tested positive for coronavirus.

The Minister had taken a COVID-19 test earlier on April 13 but had tested negative. 

It is suspected that Awhad came in contact with the virus after meeting a police officer earlier this month, who later tested positive.

The minister has now been admitted to a hospital and his treatment has begun, sources said.

Maharashtra has highest COVID-19 cases – 6,430 with 283 fatalities.