Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa tests positive for coronavirus
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Sunday confirmed that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Yediyurappa is the second state CM after Madhya Pradesh's Shivraj Singh Chouhan to have tested positive. Earlier in the day, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit had also tested positive. The development comes amid a nationwide spike in the outbreak. Here are more details.
Taking to Twitter, Yediyurappa said, "I have tested positive for coronavirus." He said that he is being hospitalized as a precautionary measure on the recommendation of doctors. However, he said that he feels fine. The CM went on to add, "I request those who have come in contact with me recently to be observant and exercise self-quarantine."
I have tested positive for coronavirus. Whilst I am fine, I am being hospitalised as a precaution on the recommendation of doctors. I request those who have come in contact with me recently to be observant and exercise self quarantine.— B.S. Yediyurappa (@BSYBJP) August 2, 2020
Earlier in the day, the Home Minister had revealed that he had tested positive after noticing symptoms. He, too, had said that he was being hospitalized as a precautionary measure. Purohit, on the other hand, has a mild case of COVID-19 and is asymptomatic. He has been advised home isolation. He will be monitored by a team of doctors from Chennai's Kauvery hospital.
Earlier on Sunday, Uttar Pradesh Minister for Technical Education Kamal Rani Varun had died after contracting the virus. Varun was 62 and also had co-morbidities, including diabetes, hypertension, and hyperthyroidism. She was being treated at the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Hospital in Lucknow.
As of Sunday morning, the Union Health Ministry had confirmed a total of 17,50,723 COVID-19 cases, out of which, 5,67,730 cases are active while 11,45,629 patients have recovered. India has reported the world's third-highest number of cases after the United States (46.20 lakh cases; 1.54 lakh deaths) and Brazil (27.07 lakh cases; over 93,000 deaths). The death toll in India is 37,364.