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Six Staff Members at Karnataka CM Office Hit by Coronavirus

File photo of Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa. (PTI Photo).

File photo of Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa. (PTI Photo).

However, Governor Vajubhai Vala and Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai, whom the Chief Minister had met on July 31,have tested negative.

Six employees at the Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa's office have tested positive for COVID-19, official sources said on Monday.

After the Chief Minister tested positive, his office and residence were sanitised. Besides, contact tracing was done during which the six of his staff members were confirmed to have contracted the virus, the sources said.

However, Governor Vajubhai Vala and Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai, whom the Chief Minister had met on July 31,have tested negative.

Officials said random tests were conducted at theChief Minister's premises and the six were found infected. They included a gunman, a driver, and house-keeping staff. They have been sent to the COVID-19 care centre set up at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BEIC)as they were asymptomatic, sources said.

Yediyurappa's personal residence Dhavalagiri has been sanitised, the officials said, adding that entry would be restricted to the Chief Minister's home and office. He was admitted to Manipal hospital here on Sunday night after testing positive.

The hospital has said the Chief Minister was doing well and clinically stable. Meanwhile, in a statement released by Governor's office, his personal secretary Tejas Bhatti said, "Afterknowing that the Chief Minister has tested coronavirus positive, the Governor, his aide-de-camp, and I took a testand the results were negative."

Yediyurappa and Bommai had met the Governor at Raj Bhavan on July 31.

Bommai's office, in a statement, said he had takena rapid antigen test and the result was negative.

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