Rash­tra­p­ati Bha­van staffer tests Covid +ve

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - SPOTLIGHT - Saub­hadra Chat­terji let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEW DELHI: An as­sis­tant com­mis­sioner of po­lice (ACP), posted at Rash­tra­p­ati Bha­van, has tested pos­i­tive for the Covid-19 fol­low­ing which six of his col­leagues have been quar­an­tined, a se­nior of­fi­cial at the Pres­i­dent’s house said on Sun­day.

The ACP has been hos­pi­talised, while his of­fice and nearby ar­eas are be­ing sani­tised, the of­fi­cial added. So far, the au­thor­i­ties have been able to iden­tify six con­tacts of the pa­tient and their sam­ples have been sent for test­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cial, the ACP lives in a gov­ern­ment hous­ing colony in East Delhi’s Karkar­dooma and used to com­mute daily to Rash­tra­p­ati Bha­van.

While the ACP’s of­fice is in the main build­ing of the Rash­tra­p­ati Bha­van, it was away from Pres­i­dent’s sec­re­tariat which houses the of­fice of the Pres­i­dent of In­dia and his top of­fi­cials. Even as the of­fi­cer had ac­cess to the main build­ing, his duty, was not in the main build­ing, the of­fi­cial added.

Last month, au­thor­i­ties sealed at least 125 staff quar­ters in­side the Rash­tra­p­ati Bha­van com­plex and or­dered the in­hab­i­tants to strictly main­tain self-iso­la­tion af­ter a rel­a­tive of a staff tested pos­i­tive for Covid-19.

The daugh­ter-in-law of a san­i­ta­tion worker of Bha­van tested pos­i­tive af­ter she came in con­tact with her mother who died of Covid-19 com­pli­ca­tions.

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