Karnataka Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar this morning said his wife and daughter have tested positive for COVID-19, a day after confirming that his father had coronavirus. The 47-year-old BJP leader said he and his two sons have tested negative.
"Test results of our family members have come. Unfortunately, my wife and daughter have tested positive for #Covid19 and are undergoing treatment (sic)," the minister tweeted this morning.
"My two sons and myself have tested negative. I am grateful to everyone for their best wishes and prayers," he added.
Test results of our family members have come. Unfortunately, my wife and daughter have tested positive for #Covid19 and are undergoing treatment. My two sons and myself have tested negative. I am grateful to everyone for their best wishes and prayers.— Dr Sudhakar K (@mla_sudhakar) June 23, 2020
On Monday, Mr Sudhakar had confirmed on Twitter that his father tested positive for the highly contagious illness. He was admitted to hospital with a cough and fever on Sunday.
My 82 years old father has been admitted in hospital with complaints of fever & cough. He has undergone Covid19 test as well. We anxiously await results. Need your prayers and blessings..— Dr Sudhakar K (@mla_sudhakar) June 22, 2020
Earlier, the domestic help of the minister had tested coronavirus positive and was hospitalised, news agency PTI reported.
Yesterday, he had urged residents welfare associations to ensure that those under home quarantine do not face discrimination. "Successful implementation of Home Quarantine depends on active participation & support of citizens and civil society. I urge RWAs to follow in letter & spirit the guidelines issued by BBMP without social stigma towards people in Home Quarantine," he tweeted.
Karnataka has recorded over 9,000 coronavirus cases since the beginning of the pandemic; 142 patients have died so far. A majority of those who have died were above 50 years of age, Dr Sudhakar said today, stressing that "elderly are most vulnerable".
Elderly are most vulnerable to #COVID19. 16.24% of total positive cases in Karnataka are of people above 50. But people above 50 constitute 78.87% of total Covid deaths. I urge people to take special care of their elderly at home & ensure they stay home & stay safe.@BSYBJPpic.twitter.com/D4FpCYj5Bl— Dr Sudhakar K (@mla_sudhakar) June 23, 2020
Across India, coronavirus cases have crossed the 4.4 lakh-mark, the Union Health Ministry said this morning. Nearly 2.48 lakh people have recovered.