Odisha Assembly Deputy Speaker Tests COVID-19 Positive

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Bhubaneswar: Senior BJD leader and deputy speaker of Odisha Assembly Rajanikant Singh has tested positive for COVID-19.

In a Twitter post on Monday, the Angul MLA said he is undergoing treatment at the SUM COVID Hospital in Bhubaneswar.

He has requested the people, who have come in contact with him, to undergo the test.

Along with Singh, 24 BJD legislators– Pallahara MLA Mukesh Kumar Pal, Malkangiri MLA Aditya Madhi, Boudh MLA Pradip Kumar Amat, Dhenkanal MLA Sudhir Kumar Samal, Pipili MLA Pradeep Maharathy, Baliguda MLA Chakramani Kanhar, Kendrapada MLA Sashi Bhusan Behera, Patnagarh MLA Saroj Meher, Nabarangpur MLA Sadasiva Pradhani, Laxmipur MLA Prabhu Jani, Anandpur MLA Bhagirathi Sethy, Khandapada MLA Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, Basudevpur MLA Bishnubrata Routray, Bhubaneswar North MLA Susant Rout, Bhubaneswar Central MLA Ananta Narayan Jena, Berhampur MLA Bikram Panda, Chandbali MLA Byomakesh Ray, Pottangi MLA Pritam Padhi, Bhadrak MLA Sanjib Mallick, Bari MLA Sunanda Das, Polasara MLA Srikant Sahu, Remuna MLA Sudhanshu Shekhar Parida, Jagatsinghpur MLA Prasanta Muduli and Salepur MLA Prasant Behera – have been infected.

Besides, nine state ministers— Tusharkanti Behera, Padmanabha Behera, Samir Ranjan Dash, Ranendra Pratap Swain, Tukuni Sahu, Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi, Susanta Singh, Arun Kumar Sahu and Padmini Dian – have also contracted the virus.

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