Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has gone into self-quarantine on Friday after his staff members tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
Following the development, the Chief Minister has canceled all his engagements for the day. For the next few days, it is said that the Chief Minister will work from his home. As per the sources, among the staff who tested positive for the virus are the Chief minister’s driver and an electrician who works at the Chief Minister’s home office. The Chief Minister released a statement which said,
“Employees at my official residence Krishna tested positive due to which I will be working from home for a few days via video calls. There is no need for anyone to worry as I am healthy. Everyone please take precautions while working, maintain physical distance, and wear masks compulsorily.”
As per the sources in the Chief Minister’s Office, the Chief Minister will be staying in his personal residence at Dollar’s Colony. As many as 94 people working the Chief Minister’s office have tested negative for the virus. The source also confirmed that the Chief Minister did not come in contact with those who tested positive and it is only as a precaution that the Chief Minister will be working from home for the next couple of days.
This Is Not The First Time It Has Happened
However, this is not the first time the staff members at the Chief Minister’s home office have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. On the 19th of June, the home office was shut down after a relative of the staff tested positive for the virus. The office went sanitation and fumigation and only then it was re-opened. On the 25th of June, four staff members at his official residence tested positive for the virus. During both these instances, the Chief Minister had to cancel his meetings and had to do it from his home for a day.
Karnataka recorded the highest single-day spike of 2,228 positive cases on Thursday as the total cases shot up to 31,105 out of which 17,782 are active cases. 457 people have died in the state due to COVID-19. Bengaluru reported 1,373 cases on Thursday.
Source: The News Minute