K’taka CM’s home-office shut after staffer’s kin tests positive

Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa’s home-office in the city centre was shut for sanitisation after the husband of a woman employee working there tested COVID-19 positive, an official said on Friday.

“The chief minister’s home-office has been closed for sanitisation after the employee’s husband tested positive for coronavirus,” an official of the Chief Minister’s Office told IANS here.

The employee did not report for duty for two days after her husband was infected with the virus.

“The chief minister’s engagements, including an official event involving the state police department were shifted to the Vidhana Soudha (state secretariat),” said the official.

As the employee was on outpost duty, she did not come in contact with the Chief Minister or his cabinet colleagues and other senior officials.

Earlier in the day, the divisional railway manager’s office in the city centre was shut for sanitisation after a visiting employee tested positive for coronavirus.

“The three-floor DRM office has been closed for the day for santisation and all employees have been advised to work from home as one of our staffer who visited the office early this week tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday,” senior Divisional Commercial Manager Krishna Reddy told IANS here.

The DRM’s office is located adjacent to the Krantivira Sangoli Rayanna (KSR) main railway station in the city centre.

The state’s mini secretariat Vikas Soudha adjacent to the iconic Vidhana Soudha in the city centre has also been shut for sanitisation after a government employee working in it tested COVID positive.

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), entrusted with the task of containing the virus spread, has already sanitised a portion of the massive building in the city centre.

After an employee of the food and civil supplies department tested positive, all offices on the ground floor of the mini-secretariat were sealed and sanitised.

The city registered 17 fresh cases on Thursday, taking the total number of positive cases to 844. With 14 discharged earlier in the day, 384 have been cured of the infection, while 408 are under treatment.

Of the 114 COVID deaths across the southern state since March 10, Bengaluru has accounted for 51 till date.