Minister of State for Railways in India Suresh Angadi passed away on Wednesday, days after he tested positive for COVID-19.
The 65-year-old Karnataka BJP MP passed away at around 8 pm at the AIIMS trauma centre which has been converted into a dedicated COVID-19 facility, sources at the hospital said.A fourth-term MP from Belagavi, Angadi is the first Union minister to have died of coronavirus.
At least six MLAs and three MPs have earlier succumbed to it.
Former President Pranab Mukherjee, who died on August 31, was also diagnosed as COVID-19 positive.
Angadi had on September 11 himself announced on microblogging site Twitter that he had contracted the disease.
The MP from Belagavi had requested all those who came in close contact with him over the last few days to monitor their health and get tested in case of any symptoms.
India’s COVID-19 count now stands at 45,62,415, including 9,43,480 active cases, 35,42,664 recoveries and 76,271 deaths.