Punjab cabinet minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Tuesday, the first minister in the state to contract the infection, a health official said.
The Rural Development and Panchayats minister had undergone a COVID-19 last Friday after his department's director tested positive for the disease.
The samples of Bajwa, who is also the higher education minister, were collected for the second time after the first report had come negative on Saturday.
"He (Bajwa) has tested positive for coronavirus," Health Department Director Avneet Kaur said here. "His samples were collected again on Tuesday and his report confirmed him to be positive."
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh took to Twitter to wish the ailing minister a speedy recovery. "Wishing my Cabinet colleague Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa Ji a speedy recovery. He has tested positive for #Covid19 today. Looking forward to having you rejoin us soon again," he wrote.