Karnataka CM Yeddiyurappa’s daughter, 6 office staff tested positive for COVID-19

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Governor Vajubhai Vala and Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai, whom the Chief Minister had met on July 31, have tested negative

A day after Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa tested positive for COVID-19, his daughter and six employees at the CM office have tested positive for the pandemic on Monday.

Governor Vajubhai Vala and Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai, whom the Chief Minister had met on July 31, have tested negative.

After the Chief Minister tested positive, his office and residence were disinfected, said a report in The New Indian Express.

After Yeddiyurappa tested positive, the health officials initiated a contact tracing exercised during which six of his staff were found to have contracted the virus. They included a gunman, a driver, and house-keeping staff.

They have been sent to the COVID-19 care centre as they were asymptomatic, officials said.

Governor Vajubhai Vala and Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai, whom the chief minister had met on July 31, tested negative.

Soon after Yediyurappas was shifted to a hospital in Bengaluru, health department officials sanitised his personal residence and there will be restrictions for entry to the Chief Minister's home and office.

On Sunday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah was admitted to a hospital in Gurugram after he tested positive for COVID-19.  He is the first Union minister who tested positive for COVID-19.

Earlier in the day, UP Minister Kamal Rani Varun succumbed to the disease.  

Karnataka has reported about 1.34 lakh positive cases so far.

India recorded over 50,000 coronavirus cases for a 5th consecutive day on Monday, taking the tally way past the 1.80 lakh-mark. India's death toll now stands at 38,201.

Image credit: The New Indian Express

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