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Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani tests Covid positive day after he faints on-stage

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani tests Covid positive day after he faints on-stage

Ahmedabad: A day after the Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani fainted on stage while campaigning for the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) elections, the BJP leader on Monday was tested positive for the novel coronavirus, following an RTPCR test. He has been admitted to UN Mehta Hospital in Ahmedabad and is currently stable.

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On February 14, Rupani, who was campaigning for the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) elections, fell unconscious at the third venue of his rally, while addressing a public gathering. BJP leader and former mayor of Vadodara, Dr Jigeesha Seth, rushed to Rupani’s aid and helped stablise him, while a medical team rushed him to UN Mehta Hospital in Ahmedabad from Vadodara airport.

BJP state president CR Paatil told media that the 64-year-old Rupani had been running a fever for the past few days and campaigning despite requests from party leaders to take a break.

As per the hospital statement, a series of tests were conducted, following Rupani’s hospital admission, including ECG, 2-D ECHO, blood test, all of which reflected normal levels. However, RTPCR test report received on Monday morning showed Rupani to be positive for the viral infection, for which he is currently undergoing treatment at the hospital.

“His (CM Rupani’s) symptoms are mild and HRCT Thorax (chest scan), IL-6 (indicator for inflammation), D-dimer (indicator for blood clotting) and oxygen saturation are normal and his condition is stable,” stated the statement issued by Dr RK Mehta, director at UNICMRC.

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