Bhattacharya’s wife, 77, Mira Bhattacharya, also tested positive for the infection, after which she was admitted to a city hospital on Tuesday evening.

Former West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya has tested positive for COVID-19 and doctors have advised him to be in home isolation, health department sources have confirmed.

Bhattacharya’s wife, 77, Mira Bhattacharya, also tested positive for the infection, after which she was admitted to a city hospital on Tuesday evening, they said.

“Swab samples from Buddhadeb Bhattacharya, his wife and their attendant were taken this morning and they tested positive for the disease,” a source said on Tuesday.

A medical board has been formed for Ms Bhattacharya at the hospital, he added.

“Doctors see the former chief minister at home and they are constantly monitoring his condition,” the source said.

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