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One person in Rashtrapati Bhavan tests positive for COVID-19

The border between Delhi and Ghaziabad has been sealed to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Published: 21st April 2020 01:41 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd April 2020 08:03 AM   |  A+A-

Rashtrapati Bhavan

Rashtrapati Bhavan (File Photo | PTI)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: Families from 115 houses in the President’s Estate were quarantined after the relative of an employee tested positive for COVID-19. Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain also said a COVID-19 case was reported from the complex which provides residential accommodation to employees posted with the President’s Secretariat which also includes the home and office of the President.

“Adhering to the instructions and guidelines under the Disaster Management Act, 115 houses in Pocket 1, schedule A area of the President’s Estate were identified for movement restriction and residents have been advised to remain indoors,” the Rashtrapati Bhavan said in a statement.

The residents of those households were being provided doorstep delivery of essential commodities, it added.According to the statement, a COVID-19 positive patient from central Delhi, ‘who was neither an employee of the President’s Secretariat nor a resident of the President’s Estate’ died on April 13 with ‘co-morbidities’ at B L Kapoor Hospital in the capital.

Following contact tracing of the deceased, it was found that a family member of an employee of the President’s secretariat was in contact with the deceased.Seven members of the family were moved to a quarantine facility on April 16. Subsequently, one of the family members — who was in contact with the deceased — tested positive.

The other family members tested negative, according to the statement issued by the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The statement reiterated that ‘no employee of the President’s secretariat’ had tested positive for COVID-19 till now.

Housekeeper hospitalised

A senior housekeeper working with the Lok Sabha Secretariat tested COVID-19 positive on Tuesday and has since been admitted to the Safdarjung Hospital. 

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