Karnataka Health Minister B Sriramulu on Sunday said he has tested positive for the coronavirus. “Following fever, I got myself tested and was found to be infected by coronavirus,” Sriramulu tweeted in Kannada. Sriramulu has been admitted to the Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital in Bengaluru.

“From the time of corona’s appearance, I have had the opportunity to visit the 30 districts and work in harmony with the government’s desire to treat people well,” Sriramulu added, according to the Hindustan Times. “All those who have been in contact with me recently have been requested to take precautionary measures.”

The health minister added that all the departments of the state government, including the health department, have been working hard to combat the coronavirus pandemic, under the leadership of Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa. The minister also said he is praying to God to make him well soon, so that he can return to serving the public.

Sriramulu is the fifth Karnataka minister to test positive for Covid-19. Chief Minister Yediyurappa, Forest Minister Anand Singh, Tourism Minister CT Ravi and Agriculture Minister BC Patil are the others. Congress leader and former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has also tested positive.

Karnataka on Saturday reported over 7,000 cases of the coronavirus and 93 deaths, taking its tally to over 1,72,000 and the toll beyond 3,000.

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