As Narendra Modi continues his campaign to become the country’s next prime minister, his son and a number of other politicians have been diagnosed with COVID-19, a coronavirus that is also spreading to other parts of the country.

The PM has already taken to Twitter to call for a nationwide ban on sale of meat from infected cows.

He has also appealed to the government to stop the spread of the disease and to “bring the people back to work”.

While he was campaigning in the north-east of India, the countrys second biggest city, in May, Mr Modi was in hospital with a respiratory condition.

He said at the time that he would be back soon.

The hospital, however, said that he was “not feeling well” and that he could not travel on to other cities.

His son was released from hospital on Wednesday after spending six weeks in the intensive care unit.

“He is suffering from COVID, but we don’t know how long it will last.

He is a very sad man,” said a neighbour, who did not wish to be named.

Mr Modi’s wife and children have also been admitted to the hospital.

The prime minister has been visiting his son in the hospital as part of his campaign, saying he was in “great health”.

He has also taken to social media to appeal for the country to “return to work” and to stop spreading the coronaviruses.

On Wednesday, Mr Gandhi wrote on Twitter that his father “continues to fight the disease”.

He also said: “I have a very special feeling, that he is doing well.”