New Delhi: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday tested positive for COVID-19, his office said in a tweet. “On the advice of doctors, he has isolated himself at his residence,” the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) further informed. Earlier in the day, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had announced that he has tested positive for the coronavirus infection.
Bihar on Sunday reported 5,022 fresh COVID-19 infections, 496 more than the previous day, pushing the tally to 7,45,399, the state health department said. With one person succumbing to the infection in the last 24 hours, the death toll rose to 12,101.
The number of active COVID-19 cases witnessed a jump from 12,311 on the previous day to 16,897 on Sunday, a bulletin issued by the state health department said.
State capital, Patna, accounted for the highest number of fresh cases with 2,018. On Friday and Saturday, Patna had registered 1,314 and 1,956 fresh COVID-19 cases respectively.
Meanwhile, 7,16,401 patients recuperated from the disease so far, including 435 in the last 24 hours. The positivity rate in Bihar increased to 2.55 per cent from less than 2 per cent on Saturday.