The Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das has tested positive for the Coronavirus but will continue to work from isolation, Das tweeted on Sunday evening. He added that while he is feeling ‘alright’, he has alerted others who came in his contact in the past few days. His tweet read, “I have tested COVID-19 positive. Asymptomatic. Feeling very much alright. Have alerted those who came in contact in recent days. Will continue to work from isolation. Work in RBI will go on normally. I am in touch with all Dy. Govs and other officers through VC and telephone.”
Das is among the top bureaucrats, politicians, and other leaders in India, wherein Covid cases stood over 78.6 lakh with nearly 1.2 lakh deaths so far, who had tested positive for the deadly virus. Former President Pranab Mukherjee, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, former Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Home Minister Amit Shah, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan, Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis, Amitabh Bachchan, former ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar’s husband Deepak Kochhar and more had contracted the virus.
Das during the monetary policy committee meeting last month had said that the second wave of Covid-19 is among “downside uncertainties that could put sand in the wheels of this nascent (economic) recovery. He had added private investment activity is expected to be subdued even as domestic financial conditions have eased significantly. “Overall, we expect a likely reduction in the rate of contraction in GDP during Q2:2020-21 and a return to positive growth by Q4:2020-21.”
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Sunday in a statement said that India recorded “another landmark achievement” with the national recovery rate touching 90 per cent on Sunday. “This achievement is matched by the downward spiral fall of the total active cases, which are maintained below the 7 lakh mark for the third successive day,” the ministry said. Currently, the active cases are 8.50 per cent of the total positive cases of the country at 6,68,154, it added.