New Delhi: At a time when the coronavirus cases in Karnataka has gone up to four, the state government is planning to provide additional health insurance coverage to doctors and paramedics who are treating the COVID-19 cases and working in the laboratories. An announcement to this effect was made by Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar on Tuesday. Also Read - 'Called Coronavirus, Hit With Water Balloons Near DU': Female Students From Northeast Share Their Horror

“We are also thinking of providing, in addition to whatever schemes we have, extra health insurance to health officials who are working in labs and also in the hospitals who are treating COVID-19 cases,” the minister stated. Also Read - Coronavirus Cases in India Plunge to 56 With 9 New Reports | Here is a State-wise Break-up

However, the minister further added that the matter is under discussion and the state government will come out with an announcement in this regard soon. Also Read - Sporting Events in Italy Suspended Until April 3 Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

Saying that safety is the top priority for health workers, the minister asked them to follow the guidelines which have been laid down by the Health Department of the state while treating COVID-19 cases.

The minister said this while inaugurating a new laboratory in the state which will have testing facilities for coronavirus and other pathogens, including H1N1, at the Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute (BMCRI).

“Doctors, paramedics and those working in the labs need it (mask) the most. You have to protect yourself first. There should not be any scope for professional negligence,” the minister added.

Highlighting that many are rushing to medical shops to get masks even without having any symptoms, the minister said more than the masks, public awareness on coronavirus is the need of the hour.

“Only those who have symptoms of the disease, have to wear the mask compulsorily, he added.

The statement from the minister comes after three fresh cases of coronavirus were reported on Tuesday, taking the total number of confirmed cases to four in the state.

“So far four people have been confirmed for COVID-19. The patients, as well as their family members, have been quarantined,” Karnataka Health Minister B Sriramulu said.