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Punjab minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa tests COVID-19 positive

The samples of Bajwa, who is also the higher education minister, were collected for the second time after the first report had come negative on Saturday.

Published: 14th July 2020 09:33 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th July 2020 09:33 PM   |  A+A-

Punjab cabinet minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa

Punjab cabinet minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa (Photo | Twitter)

By PTI

CHANDIGARH: Punjab cabinet minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, the first minister in the state to contract the infection, a health official said.

The rural development and panchayats minister had undergone a COVID-19 test last Friday after his department's director tested positive for the disease.

The samples of Bajwa, who is also the higher education minister, were collected for the second time after the first report had come negative on Saturday.

"He (Bajwa) has tested positive for coronavirus," Health Department Director Avneet Kaur said here.

"His samples were collected again on Tuesday and his report confirmed him to be positive."

Officials said the samples of his family members and staff would also be taken for testing.

Chief Minister Amarinder Singh wished Bajwa a speedy recovery.

"Wishing my Cabinet colleague Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa Ji a speedy recovery. He has tested positive for #Covid19 today. Looking forward to having you rejoin us soon again," Singh tweeted.

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