Bengaluru: A day after holding a press conference with the Karnataka deputy chief minister by his side, Union Parliamentary Affairs minister Pralhad Joshi has been tested positive with COVID-19.

In a short tweet, Joshi informed, "I have tested positive for Covid-19. I am asymptomatic. As per doctor's advice I am in home quarantine."

Now with Joshi having tested COVID positive, the Karnataka Deputy CM and the Rajya Sabha member who were present become his recent contacts.

Joshi is the latest addition to prominent politicians from the state who have tested positive for COVID.

Most of them have either recovered or under recovery.

They include Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa, Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah, several ministers in the state Cabinet and a number of legislators.

The state has also lost a few public representatives due to coronavirus like Belagavi BJP MP and former Union Minister of State for Railways Suresh Angadi, BJP Rajya Sabha member Ashok Gasti and Basavakalyan Congress MLA B Narayan Rao.

Joshi, an MP from Dharwad Lok Sabha constituency, played a crucial role in the conduct of the recent Parliament session amid the pandemic in his capacity as the Parliamentary Affairs minister.

With 72,049 new coronavirus cases and 986 deaths in 24 hours, India's tally on Wednesday (October 7) went past the 67-lakh-mark with a total of 67,57,131 cases.