National Conference president and Lok Sabha member from Srinagar Farooq Abdullah has tested positive for coronavirus, his son and former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said in a tweet on Tuesday. Omar said he and his family members will be self-isolating and getting themselves tested as well. Omar urged everyone who came in contact with his father recently to get tested.
"My father has tested positive for COVID-19 & is showing some symptoms. I will be self-isolating along with other family members until we get ourselves tested. I request anyone who has come in to contact with us over the last few days to take all the mandated precautions," Omar tweeted.
85-year-old Farooq Abdullah had taken the first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine earlier this month, at the Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) in Srinagar. Omar Abdullah had tweeted pictures of his father getting inoculated.
“Thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff at SKIMS, Srinagar. Today my 85 year old father & my mother had their first COVID jab. My father has a number of health issues including being on immunosuppressants for a kidney transplant. If he can get the vaccine, you should as well,” he had said.
Thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff at SKIMS, Srinagar. Today my 85 year old father & my mother had their first COVID jab. My father has a number of health issues including being on immunosuppressants for a kidney transplant. If he can get the vaccine, you should as well. pic.twitter.com/V6yo1zyuGR— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) March 2, 2021
When the Union government announced opening the vaccination drive to all those above the age of 45, Omar had also tweeted on March 23 that he will also get vaccinated in the first week of April.
On Monday, Jammu and Kashmir had recorded 235 new positive COVID-19 cases, taking the infection tally to 1,30,228, even as no fresh death due to the disease was reported in the Union territory in the past 24 hours, officials said. Out of the new cases, 51 were reported from Jammu division and 184 from Kashmir division of the Union territory (UT), they said.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday March 30, India reported 56,211 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total tally to 1,20,95,855. The country also reported 271 more fatalities, pushing the total death toll till date to 1,62,114.
(With PTI inputs)