By SM .16 Apr, 2021
BENGALURU: Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa today tweeted to say that he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus. In a brief post on Twitter, Yediyurappa said that he was fine but had been hospitalized on the advice of doctors. The 78-year-old Yediyurappa was earlier hospitalized on August 2, 2020, after he tested positive for coronavirus.
"Upon having mild fever, today I got tested for Covid-19 and my report has come out positive. Although I am doing fine, I am being hospitalized based on the advice of doctors. I request all those who have come in my contact recently to be observant and exercise self-quarantine," the Chief Minister"s tweet read.
The chief minister had been campaigning over the last few days in the north Karnataka constituencies that are voting in by-polls on Saturday.
The announcement came a few hours after Yediyurappa chaired an emergency meeting with Health Minister K Sudhakar and top officials to discuss the Covid situation in the state. Yediyurappa has so far ruled out a lockdown but curfew is in place in seven cities till the 20th.
"There has been a worrying surge in Coronavirus cases. So we have discussed in detail for one and a half hours with our officers. We are going to take a final decision on the 20th. Until that time, the same thing will continue," Yediyurappa said during an interaction with reporters.
Last year, Yediyurappa was admitted to Manipal Hospital after he along with his daughter Padmavathi tested positive.
Karnataka on Thursday reported its biggest single-day spike of 14,738 new cases of COVID-19, and 66 deaths, taking the number of infections to 11,09,650 and the number of fatalities to 13,112. Of the fresh cases, 10,497 were from Bengaluru Urban alone. The total number of active cases stood at 96,561.
This morning, India logged in a record 2,17,353 daily coronavirus cases taking the total caseload to over 1.42 crore.
Karnataka is among the 10 states that account for 79.10 percent of the new infections, according to the Union Health Ministry.