Karnataka Deputy CM Ashwath Narayan tests positive for coronavirus

Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister CN Ashwath Narayan on Saturday said that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

He has requested all those who have come in contact with him to take the necessary precautions.

“In anticipation of the upcoming Assembly sessions, I underwent a #COVID19 test on Saturday and my results have returned positive. I am asymptomatic and will be under home isolation. I request those who have come in contact with me to take the necessary precautions,” Narayan tweeted.

Narayan got himself tested for the virus ahead of the monsoon session that starts from September 21.

Other politicians in the state who had contracted virus include CM B S Yediyurappa, Tourism Minister C T Ravi, Women and Child Development Minister Shashikala Jolle, Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah, and Karnataka Pradesh Congress Pradesh Committee D K Shivakumar, among others.

India on Saturday reported 93,337 new cases of coronavirus. The tally in the country now stands at 53,08,014, while the death toll rose to 85,619, according to Health Ministry data.

Of the total cases, 42,08,431 have been cured/discharged/migrated. There are 10,13,964 active cases of COVID-19 in India.