RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das Tests Positive For Covid
Shaktikanta Das, governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), poses for a photograph in Mumbai. (Photographer: Kanishka Sonthalia/Bloomberg)

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das Tests Positive For Covid

Reserve Bank of India governor Shaktikanta Das has tested positive for the Covid-19 virus, he said in a post on his twitter account on Sunday.

Das said that he is asymptomatic and will continue to work from isolation.

None of the central bank’s four deputy governor have yet tested positive, a person familiar with the matter said. The headquarter of the RBI in Mumbai also remain fully operational as strict social distancing and sanitation process are followed, this person said.

Das, in his post, said that people who came in contact with him in recent days have been alerted.

Since the start of the Covid-19 outbreak, the central bank has continued to work at full capacity with some functions being run out of a separate facility as a measure of due caution. Officials associated with payment systems and market systems were among those who worked from a separate location to ensure continuity of critical processes.

Das is not the only public official in India who has tested positive for Covid. Home minister Amit Shah was among those who have also undergone Covid treatment. Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan is also among those who tested positive. Last month, six floors at the corporate headquarters of State Bank of India were also put under lockdown after a few positive cases were detected.

While the number of daily cases in India remains high, the pace of additions has declined in recent days.

India added less than 60,000 fresh Covid-19 cases for the seventh straight day, according to the Health Ministry’s latest update on Oct.25. India added 50,129 fresh cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total tally to 78,64,811 in the world’s second-worst infected country.

With a total of 70,78,123 people having recuperated from Covid-19, the national recovery rate for the disease has touched 90%.

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