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Indian ex-PM Manmohan Singh tests positive for coronavirus, hospitalized

April 19, 2021
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NEW DELHI — Former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, 88, has been admitted to All-India Insititute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) India's top hospital situated in New Delhi — after testing positive for coronavirus, according to news agency ANI.

The ex-Indian premier, who underwent a Covid-19 test after registering a fever, was admitted at around 5 p.m local time.

Dr. Singh has received his two vaccine doses (of Covaxin) — the first on March 4 and the second on April 3. Sources said he was shifted to hospital as "a matter of precaution".

AIIMS is expected to issue a more detailed statement soon.

Minutes after news of his admission broke, 'get well' messages began pouring in.

"Dear Dr. Manmohan Singhji, Wishing you a speedy recovery. India needs your guidance and advice in this difficult time," Rahul Gandhi tweeted.

"My prayers are with Manmohan Singh ji and his family today, and my deepest respect. May he fight this scourge with all his might and get well soon," Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said.

Former Minister P. Chidambaram, who was a member of Dr. Singh's cabinet, also tweeted.

"Deeply concerned that Dr. Manmohan Singh has been hospitalized with fever. I pray that he will overcome this health setback with his indomitable courage. The prayers of the whole nation are with Dr. Singh and wish him a speedy recovery," he said. — Agencies


April 19, 2021
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