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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has tested positive for Covid-19. As per news agency ANI, he has been suffering from fever for the past four days.

“On the advice of doctors, he has isolated himself at his residence. He was not feeling well for the last two-three days," a statement issued by the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said. “The CM has requested all those who came in contact with him in the last two-three days to get themselves tested and take necessary precautions," it added.

This is the second time, the Chief Minister has tested positive this year. Earlier in January, Nitish Kumar had tested positive for Covid.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar did not attend the swearing-in ceremony of President-elect Droupadi Murmu in the national capital.

Meanwhile, the state on Monday reported 355 in the last 24 hours taking the total count of active cases in Bihar to 1,850.

Of the 355 fresh cases, Patna accounted for 94, followed by Saharsa (57), Bhagalpur (27), Araria (21), Supaul (20), Rohtas (13) and Nalanda (11). Other districts reported less than 11 cases and five districts did not report any new cases on Monday.

India reported14,830 new COVID-19 cases today. With this the tally of coronavirus infections rose to 4,39,20,451, while the count of active cases has declined to 1,47,512, according to Union Health Ministry data updated on Tuesday.

The death toll due to the disease has climbed to 5,26,110 with 36 new fatalities being recorded, the data updated at 8 am showed.

Active cases now comprise 0.34 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.47 per cent, the health ministry said.

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