Of­fi­cer work­ing in Par­lia­ment tests pos­i­tive for Covid

Hindustan Times (Ranchi) - - Front Page - Saub­hadra Chat­terji let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.con

NEWDELHI: A se­nior of­fi­cer of Par­lia­ment work­ing in the editorial and trans­la­tion ser­vices tested pos­i­tive for the coron­avirus dis­ease (Covid-19) on Thurs­day, peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the mat­ter said on Fri­day.

The of­fi­cer had at­tended of­fice till May 12 at the fifth floor of the Par­lia­ment an­nex build­ing, which houses most of the par­lia­men­tary of­fi­cials and cham­bers for House panel meet­ings, the peo­ple said.

This is the sec­ond case in­volv­ing a Par­lia­ment staff mem­ber af­ter a se­nior house­keeper was tested pos­i­tive last month. But un­like the house­keeper, the E&T cell of­fi­cial had at­tended his of­fice reg­u­larly be­fore was sent into quar­an­tine, the peo­ple said.

The an­nex build­ing stands about 100 me­tres away from the main Par­lia­ment build­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cial, all nec­es­sary ar­range­ments for seal­ing the block of of­fices were un­der­taken.

NEWDELHI:A se­nior of­fi­cer of Par­lia­ment work­ing in the editorial and trans­la­tion (E&T) ser­vices tested Covid-19 pos­i­tive re­cently.

The of­fi­cer had at­tended of­fice till May 12, which is lo­cated on the fifth floor of the Par­lia­ment an­nex build­ing that houses most of the par­lia­men­tary of­fi­cials and cham­bers for House panel meet­ings. This is the sec­ond Covid-19 case in­volv­ing a Par­lia­ment staff af­ter a se­nior house­keeper had con­tracted SARS-CoV-2, which causes the dis­ease, in April, mak­ing it the first case among the 3,000-odd staff work­ing in the Lok Sabha sec­re­tariat.

But un­like the se­nior house­keeper, the E&T of­fi­cial had at­tended his of­fice reg­u­larly be­fore he was put un­der quar­an­tine, peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the mat­ter said.

The E&T’s staff’s in­fec­tion, ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cial, came to light only on Thurs­day and since Fri­day morn­ing, all nec­es­sary ar­range­ments for seal­ing a block of of­fices on the fifth floor of the an­nex and a san­ti­sa­tion drive of the build­ing have been car­ried out. Con­tact trac­ing has also started in earnest.

The house­keep­ing staff, who tested Covid-19 pos­i­tive in April, was not work­ing in the Par­lia­ment com­plex but in the Lok Sabha sec­re­tariat.

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