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Delhi health minister in ICU following plasma treatment

Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain remains hospitalized after contracting Covid-19 and his condition is being closely monitored after plasma treatment.

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A man rides a bicycle along a street past closed shops following strict lockdown norms for weekends and public holidays imposed as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Amritsar on June 20, 2020. (Photo by NARINDER NANU / AFP)
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Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain, who has contracted the novel coronavirus, will be kept under close supervision in an intensive care unit for 24 hours after he was administered plasma treatment, according to information released by his office.

Jain recently tested positive for Covid-19 and will be closely monitored in an ICU for 24 hours after he underwent plasma therapy in a hospital in Saket. His condition is believed to be stable now as his body temperature is normal and he has no high fever, according to official information from his office.

Jain was initially admitted to a hospital in Dilshad Garden that wasn't authorised to administer plasma therapy before being transferred to Max hospital in Saket, which was able give him the required kind of treatment.

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The minister has been in hospital since Monday after testing positive for coronavirus, having earlier displayed some of the virus symptoms such as fever and shortness of breath.

On Friday Jain's lung condition deteriorated as he developed pneumonia, which forced doctors to place him on oxygen support. However, the latest CT scan conducted didn't seem very promising as it showed that his pneumonia patch has expanded, although the government stated that the minister's condition was improving.

Coronavirus in India

Commuters wait as a policeman checks travel credentials after a lockdown was reimposed in Chennai on June 19, 2020.
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Commuters wait as a policeman checks travel credentials after a lockdown was reimposed in Chennai on June 19, 2020.ARUN SANKARAFP

India's battle with Covid-19 has been deteriorating lately to the point that the government cancelled all leave for medical staff and asked them to return to work immediately. The country has recorded 395,048 confirmed cases so far, with 213,831 recoveries, and 12,948 deaths.

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