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Former Indian PM Manmohan Singh hospitalized after testing Covid-19 positive

  • Published at 10:34 pm April 19th, 2021
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File photo: Outgoing Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, centre, along with India's Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi, right, sit after paying respects at the Rajiv Gandhi memorial on the occasion of the former Indian Prime Minister's 23rd death anniversary in New Delhi May 21, 2014 Reuters

The former prime minister recently took both doses of Covid-19 vaccine

Former Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh tested positive with Covid-19 on Monday.

Shortly thereafter, he was admitted to the trauma centre of All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) in Delhi, as reported by several Indian news sites.

"He has mild symptoms and is stable," Times of India quoted doctors as saying.

The doctors are monitoring his condition.

Singh, 88, recently took both doses of Covid-19 vaccine.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal wished the former PM a speedy recovery.

"Dear Dr. Manmohan Singh Ji, Wishing you a speedy recovery. India needs your guidance and advice in this difficult time," Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet.

Senior leader and Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor said: “Sorry to hear this. Wishing Dr ManMohan Singh a speedy & complete recovery. He has become the conscience-keeper of the nation in these challenging times. We all need him to be well.”

On Sunday, Singh had written a letter to current Prime Minister Narendra Modi, suggesting five ways the government can fight the pandemic amid an unprecedented spike in Covid-19 cases.

In his letter, he stressed that the expansion of Covid vaccination program forms a big part of pandemic management. “We must resist the temptation to look at absolute numbers vaccinated and instead focus on percentage of population vaccinated.”

The veteran Congress leader said he was certain that with the correct policy design India can do much better and rather quickly.

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