Fact Check: Amit Shah Has Not Tested Negative For COVID-19, Second Test Is Not Done Yet

The Logical Indian Fact check team investigates the claim that Amit Shah has tested negative for COVID-19.

India   |   13 Aug 2020 12:36 PM GMT
Writer : Aditi Chattopadhyay | Editor : Bharat Nayak | Creatives : Abhishek M
Fact Check: Amit Shah Has Not Tested Negative For COVID-19, Second Test Is Not Done Yet

Home Minister Amit Shah on August 2, 2020, announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19 and has been admitted to the Medanta Hospital in Gurugram.

A week later on August 9, Shah's BJP colleague and MP Manoj Tiwari tweeted that the Home Minister tested negative. Union Minister Jitendra Singh had also tweeted saying that he was "relieved" to hear that Mr Shah has tested negative.

Claim:

Amit Shah has tested negative for COVID-19.

Fact Check:

The claim is false.

Following Manoj Tiwari's tweet, the Ministry of Home Affairs issued a clarification saying no test has been conducted so far.

According to a home ministry official, Amit Shah has not undergone any new COVID-19 test on August 9, PTI reported. Tiwari later deleted his tweet.

In a report by Hindustan Times, Shah is stated to be asymptomatic and working from his hospital bed. The report which was published on August 9 added that Shah was expected to return home next week provided he tests COVID-19 negative.

Sources in the Home Ministry also said that nothing other than the official health bulletin released either by the hospital, the government or the minister's own Twitter account should be referred to for an update on the Home Minister's health.

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Claim Review :  Amit Shah has tested negative for COVID-19.
Claimed By :  Social Media posts
Fact Check :  False
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Aditi, part of the fact checking team of The Logical Indian likes to read, write, cook and laugh, in short live life as it is supposed to be. What makes her fascinated is to discover the truth behind a story and more often than not, it is either fact or myth at the end.

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