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Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa Tested Positive, Hospitalised

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa Tested Positive, Hospitalised

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa tweeted that he had tested Covid positive (File)

Bengaluru:

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa tweeted late Sunday night that he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus. In a brief post on Twitter Mr Yediyurappa said that he was fine but had been hospitalised on the advice of doctors.

Mr Yediyurappa, 77, also requested all those who had come in contact with him to be wary of Covid symptoms and self-isolate.

"I have tested positive for coronavirus. Whilst I am fine, I am being hospitalised as a precaution on recommendation of doctors. I request those who have come in contact with me recently to be observant and exercise self-quarantine," the Chief Minister's tweet read.

Mr Yediyurappa is the second high-profile political leader to confirm testing positive for COVID-19 today; hours earlier Union Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted similar news.

Mr Shah, 55, too said that he was "fine" and that he had been hospitalised on the "advice of doctors". The minister also asked all those who had been in contact with him over the last few days to "please isolate yourself and get your tests done".

The Home Minister had attended a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, at which several top colleagues, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman were present.

All Covid norms, including social distancing, were followed at that meeting, sources said.

Last week Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan tested positive for the virus as well. He has been in hospital since then, tweeted today to say that he was well.

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He also tweeted a get-well-soon message for Mr Shah. "Home Minister Amit Shah, may God help you recover soon, so you can serve the nation with full energy. Our best wishes are with you," his tweet read.

Tamil Nadu's Governor Banwarilal Purohit also tested positive today, Chennai's Kauvery Hospital, where he has been admitted, said. He is asymptomatic and clinically stable.