Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar tests positive for COVID-19; hospitalised in Bengaluru

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Shivakumar on Sunday had decided to call off his visit to the flood-hit areas in Belagavi and Bagalkot districts

Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president D K Shivakumar tested positive for coronavirus and was admitted to a hospital in Bengaluru on Monday night.

He informed about this through a tweet on Tuesday.

"I had fever and have tested positive for the coronavirus. I am doing well, but as a precaution have been hospitalised and am under the good care of doctors. With your wishes and blessings, I will soon be back. I appeal to all those who came in contact with me to be cautious," he tweeted.

Shivakumar has been admitted to Suguna Hospital at Rajajinagar in Bengaluru.

Shivakumar on Sunday had decided to call off his visit to the flood-hit areas in Belagavi and Bagalkot districts.

“On health grounds, postponing my visit by three days to the flood-affected regions of Belagavi and Bagalkot districts which were scheduled on August 24 and 25th,” he had tweeted.

AICC interim president Sonia Gandhi, former party president Rahul Gandhi and the party’s general secretary KC Venugopal spoke to Shivakumar over phone and wished him speedy recovery.

Earlier, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa and Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah had also tested positive for COVID-19. Both of them have since recovered.

Former chief minister Siddaramaiah, however, has been advised to follow home quarantine.

Apart from them, four other Karnataka ministers tested COVID-19 positive, including Health Minister B Sriramulu. The others to have been infected by the virus are Forest Minister Anand Singh, Tourism Minister CT Ravi and Agriculture Minister BC Patil.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan are among the other high-profile leaders who have tested positive for the virus in recent weeks.

Meanwhile, Karnataka reported 8,161 new COVID-19 positive cases, 6,814 discharges and 148 deaths on Tuesday.

Karnataka is the fourth worst-affected state by the coronavirus pandemic, with over 3.61 lakh confirmed cases so far; of these 4,810 are deaths linked to the virus and around 81,000 are active cases.

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