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Sharmili Mallick

New Delhi: National vice president of the BJP and in-charge of the party's Delhi unit, Baijayant Panda tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday and is under isolation.

In a late night tweet yesterday, Panda informed, "Because of certain symptoms, I got tested today & have been found Covid positive. I am now in isolation on doctor's advice."
Panda also advised those who came in his contact to take precautions and get tested for the novel coronavirus.

"Request all those who came in contact with me in the last few days to take the necessary precautions & isolate or get tested," he appealed through his tweet.

Earlier in the day yesterday, Panda attended a meeting with Delhi BJP leaders over organisational matters. The meeting was attended by the party's national vice president Dushyant Gautam, Delhi BJP president Adesh Gupta, state organisation secretary Siddharthan, Leader of Opposition in Assembly Ramvir Bidhuri among others.

It is pertinent to mention here that several leaders of Odisha including Prafulla Kumar Mallik, Ananta Narayan Jena, Bikram Panda, Soumya Ranjan Patnaik , Suresh Pujari, Manjulata Mandal and Ramesh Majhi had tested positive for coronavirus infection in the past.

Similarly, Ranendra Pratap Swain, Tukuni Sahu, Jyoti Prakash Panigrahi, Sushant Singh, Arun Sahoo and Padmini Dian had also been infected with the virus.

(Edited By Rashmi Ranjan Mohanty)

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