Karnataka Minister BC Patil on Friday said he has tested positive for the coronavirus and is currently in quarantine at his home in Bengaluru.
"The report that has just come confirms me to be corona positive. I am in home quarantine at my residence in Bangalore," he said in a tweet. "During a recent visit to Koppal district, five of the staff members who accompanied me were reported to be coronavirus positive."
Patil added that those people who had come in contact with him at a recent meeting at Hirekere and Koppal were immediately checked for symptoms.
The minister's diagnosis came on the day Karnataka reported over 5,000 cases for the eighth consecutive day, with
5,843 infections and also recorded 84 fatalities, taking the death toll to 2,314.
The additions to confirmed cases took the total number of infected to 1,24,115,the health department said in a bulletin.
The day also saw 3,130 patients getting discharged after recovery. Out of the 5,483 fresh cases reported on Friday, 2,220 were from Bengaluru urban alone.