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New Delhi, India (CNN)One of India's most senior officials has tested positive for the coronavirus Sunday.
Minister of Home Affairs Amit Shah said he was tested after developing symptoms of Covid-19 and has been admitted to a Delhi hospital.
Modi says Indias fight against Covid-19 has proven the world wrong"I got the test done and was found positive," the 55-year-old minister said in a tweet, adding that he asked those who have been in contact with him in the past few days to isolate and be tested.
That could include India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi. According Shah's office, he last saw Modi in person on Wednesday, when he attended a cabinet meeting at the PM's residence in New Delhi.India has the third-highest number of virus cases
worldwide. It has recorded more than 1.7 million
infections and 37,364 deaths
as of Sunday, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. Only two other countries -- the United States and Brazil -- have recorded more than 1 million cases.
India's Minister of Home Affairs Amit Shah said he tested positive for the coronavirus on Sunday. (File photo)Read MoreThe pandemic has accelerated dramatically in India in recent weeks. While it took the country nearly six months to reach the 1 million cases mark, a further 750,000 people were infected in just 17 days.However, the number of cases could be much higher. A study released last week found more than half of residents living in Mumbai's crowded slums may have contracted the virus and are likely being infected at a much higher rate than others. The study raised questions over the level of testing in India.
More than half of Indias Mumbai slum residents may have been infected with Covid-19, study suggestsMumbai, India's financial capital with a population of more than 12 million, has reported more than 115,000 cases as of Saturday evening, including at least 6,180 deaths. The city is in Maharashtra, the worst-hit state in India with more than 416,000 confirmed cases and at least 15,300 deaths, according to official statistics.
India has a relatively low Covid-19 mortality rate per capita compared to other hard-hit countries, with only 2.47 deaths per 100,000, compared with 45.24 in the US and 68.95 in the United Kingdom, according to Johns Hopkins University data. Experts have pointed to India's relatively young population as a possible explanation for the lower mortality rate, as young are less likely to die from coronavirus.CNN's Rishabh Pratap reported from Delhi, Ivana Kottasova wrote from London.
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Malaysia's Former Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng Arrested by Anti-Graft Officials
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian anti-graft officials arrested former finance minister Lim Guan Eng on Thursday in connection with corruption allegations over a $1.5 billion undersea tunnel project, state news agency Bernama reported.
Lim, a senior opposition leader, will be charged in court on Friday, Bernama said, citing the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.
Lim was finance minister until February, when the then ruling coalition led by Mahathir Mohamad collapsed.
(Reporting by A. Ananthalakshmi; Editing by Hugh Lawson)
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