Bengaluru: Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa on Friday (July 10) said he would work from home as a precautionary measure after some of the staff at his official residence in Bengaluru tested positive for coronavirus.

He said he would give necessary directions and suggestions online. Noting that he was healthy, Yediyurappa appealed to the people not to panic. 

In a statement, Yediyurappa said, "I am going to discharge my duties from home from today for the next few days in view of some of the staff in the office-cum-residence Krishna testing positive for coronavirus."

He also urged people to adhere to the guidelines as a precautionary measure to control the spread of coronavirus.

According to sources, the employees who tested positive included a driver and an electrician who work at Krishna.

Following the coronavirus threat, Yediyurappa has cancelled all meetings and has decided to stay at his official residence ‘Cauvery’ on Kumara Park Road in Bengaluru. He was scheduled to attend a send-off programme of 16 retiring MLCs on Friday at 10.30 am.

“Employees at my official residence Krishna tested positive due to which I will be working from home for a few days via video calls. There is no need for anyone to worry as I am healthy. Everyone please take precautions while working, maintain physical distance and wear masks compulsorily,” the chief minister said in a statement.

A source in the CMO said the CM will be staying at his personal residence in Dollars Colony in Bengaluru. 

Few days ago, the CM's official residence, Krishna, was shut for sanitisation after a relative of a police constable posted there was infected with the virus.

The total number of COVID-19 infections in the state on Thursday breached the 30,000 mark as it reported its biggest single day spike of over 2,200 new cases and 17 related fatalities, taking the toll to 486, the Health department said.