Bengaluru, April 29 (IANS) Four Karnataka ministers have tested negative for coronavirus on Wednesday, following fears that an infected television cameraman had met them while doing his job.
“I have taken a swab test and it has come negative. I am under self-quarantine and I am healthy,” tweeted Home Minister Basavaraj S. Bommai.
Similar tweets were posted by Deputy Chief Minister C.N. Ashwathnarayan, C.T. Ravi and K. Sudhakar.
“After I was informed that I may have come in contact with an infectd person, I have been in home quarantine. I have tested negative, but will continue to be vigilant and take all necessary precautions,” tweeted Ashwathnarayan.
Tourism, Culture and Kannada Minister Ravi went a step ahead and posted his test report on Twitter.
“Recently a cameraman working for a Kannada news channel tested positive. Even though I had no close interaction with him, I got tested and am negative for Covid,” Ravi tweeted.
Medical Education Minister K. Sudhakar tweeted: “On knowing that a TV journalist whom I had interacted tested positive for Covid, I got checked and tested negative. However, as an abundant precaution, I have decided to be in home quarantine for the next seven days and carry out my duties from home.”
On April 25, the cameraman tested positive in the city, but had already come in contact with the ministers. This prompted opposition Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar to demand quarantining of the ministers.
Designated as positive case number 475, the 34-year-old cameraman was found to have visited Bruhat Bengaluru Mahangara Palike (BBMP) Covid containment zones. He was admitted in BMC Victoria hospital.