Telangana Home Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali is currently on treatment for COVID-19 after he tested positive for the infection on Sunday evening. The city area last week was tested for Covid-19 three days ago after its gunman tested positive last week. He was admitted to a private hospital in Hyderabad on Sunday night. Health officials described his condition as stable.
The minister, who attended a series of programmes including Haritha Haram, under which he had taken up tree plantation in the police parade grounds at Gosha Mahal in the old city.
However, Ali is the first cabinet minister in the state to test positive for Covid-19. Earlier, three Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) legislators, gunmen and personal assistants of at least three ministers tested positive and are undergoing treatment at different hospitals.
Meanwhile, the surge in COVID-19 cases continued unabated in Telangana, with 983 new cases and four deaths being reported in a single day. The tally of positive cases and deaths rose to 14,419 and 247 respectively.