Four Karnataka ministers have gone into home quarantine after they came in contact with the cameraman of a regional channel who later tested positive for coronavirus.
Deputy CM Ashwathnarayan, tourism minister CT Ravi, medical education minister Sudhakar, home minister Basavaraj Bommai took the Covid-19 test as per protocol and have tested negative. But the ministers are still home quarantining themselves as a precaution.
As per contact tracing map released by BBMP, the cameraman had visited the CM’s office on April 20 and subsequently had interviewed the ministers and also housing minister V Somanna in the next few days.
The norm is that even if a person tests negative, they should be in home quarantine for a minimum of 14 days as they are primary contacts of a Covid-19 positive patient. Minister Sudhakar and Somanna had flouted norms on Wednesday as they continued with their daily routine. Minister Sudhakar had visited Mandya instead of being in quarantine.
Health minister Sriramulu said, “I will inform my colleagues that they will have to be in home quarantine as they are primary contacts. I didn’t know they are out. Only after you told me, I got to know. I shall speak to them immediately.”
Opposition Congress attacked the government for not following the protocol. KPCC president DK Shivakumar tweeted, “A Kannada news channel’s cameraman is COVID positive. His primary contacts include CM, DCM and ministers.”
Congress has said this is double standards by those who must set an example for citizens. “This is a protocol violation. This government is not serious about fighting the coronavirus,” said Congress.