Former Karnataka minister Dinesh Gundo Rao tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Sunday. In a tweet, Dinesh Gundu Rao on Sunday said, “I have tested #Corona positive today. Therefore I will be quarantining myself for 10 days. I request all my primary contacts to get themselves checked and take necessary precaution.”
As the former Congress state president was attending Saturday’s final day of the Monsoon Session in Karnataka which went on till midnight, all MLAs in the state including the Chief Minister and other cabinet ministers will have to be tested, sources said.
Gundu Rao, after being appointed as the Tamil Nadu in-charge of the Congress, had met DMK chief MK Stalin at the DMK headquarters in Chennai on September 25.
This comes after Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister Govind M Karjol on Tuesday said he has tested positive for coronavirus after he attended the Session. Prior to Karjol, CM Yediyurappa and a host of ministers, including another Deputy Chief Minister Dr C N Ashwath Narayan, Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai, Forest Minister Anand Singh, Tourism Minister CT Ravi and Agriculture Minister BC Patil, had tested positive for coronavirus and later recovered.
As ordered by Speaker Visheshwar Kageri, all legislators had to get a negative result for a COVID-19 test conducted 72 hours prior to the start of the session to attend the session.
Meanwhile, the spurt of fresh COVID-19 cases continues in Bengaluru as it is in the rest of the country. Karnataka on Saturday reported 8,811 new COVID-19 cases and 86 related fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 5,66,023 in the state and the death toll to 8,503. Out of Saturday’s cases, 4,083 cases were from Bengaluru Urban alone.
I have tested #Corona positive today. Therefore will be quarantining myself for 10 days.
I request all my primary contacts to get themselves checked and take necessary precaution.
— Dinesh Gundu Rao/ದಿನೇಶ್ ಗುಂಡೂರಾವ್ (@dineshgrao) September 27, 2020