Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tests positive for COVID-19

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tests positive for COVID-19
Congress' party leader Rahul GandhiBCCL
  • Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • He was experiencing mild symptoms prior to getting tested.
  • Gandhi has asked anyone he has come in contact with to follow all safety protocols with respect to the virus.
The leader of the Indian National Congress (INC) party, Rahul Gandhi, has tested positive for COVID-19. He has asked anyone who has been in contact with him recently to follow all safety protocols.


The news comes after another senior Congress leader and former Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, tested positive for COVID-19 and was admitted to the hospital on April 19. Gandhi was among the well-wishers who hoped for his quick recovery.


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Ahead of testing positive for COVID-19, Gandhi was seen campaigning heavily across the states of Assam, Kerala and most recently, West Bengal. Not just Gandhi, but other party leaders — like Prime Minister Narendra Modi — were seen holding large rallies amid the second wave of the pandemic.

However, Gandhi announced on Sunday that he is canceling all his election rallies in West Bengal due to the surge in COVID-19 cases. He urged others to do the same.

Couple of hours ago, Gandhi was seen criticising the government on its roll out of vaccines for individuals between the ages of 18 to 45 years. His issue is that the vaccines are not being provided for free, which means middlemen will be brought in without price controls in place. Those who can afford to buy may be okay, but people in weaker sections of society will be hard hit.

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“Government of India’s vaccine ‘discrimination’, not ‘distribution’ strategy,” he said on Twitter.

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