Minister of Communications and Information Technology Gyanendra Bahadur Karki has been in home isolation after CPN-Maoist Centre Chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal and leader Narayan Kaji Shrestha contracted COVID-19.

Minister Karki, also spokesperson for the government, attended a meeting of coalition parties in the incumbent government on Friday where both infected leaders were also present.

The minister told Rastriya Samachar Samiti that he would return to work only after his COVID-19 test results.

Maoist Centre leaders Haribol Gajurel, Matrika Yadav, Dor Prasad Upadhyay, Ram Prasad Sapkota and Ramesh Malla have tested positive for the infection.

A version of this article appears in the print on January 10, 2022, of The Himalayan Times.