Jailed activist Varavara Rao tests positive for COVID-19

Mumbai: Jailed poet and activist Varavara Rao, an accused in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case, has tested positive for COVID-19, a hospital official said on Thursday.

The 80-year-old, lodged in the Taloja jail in Navi Mumbai under judicial custody, was admitted to the state-run JJ Hospital here earlier this week.

According to Dr Ranjeet Mankeshwar, dean of JJ Hospital, Rao’s medical report came on Thursday and he was found to be coronavirus positive.

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“His treatment is going on,” Mankeshwar said.

Rao was shifted to the government-run hospital in south Mumbai after he complained of giddiness.

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