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Lav Agarwal, Health Ministry official who led coronavirus briefings, tests positive for COVID-19

The 48-year-old bureaucrat, who is in charge of the health division in the ministry had come to the limelight for briefing the press every day during the COVID-19 lockdown period in the country.

Published: 15th August 2020 12:18 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th August 2020 01:44 AM   |  A+A-

A Central team member and Joint Secretary in Health and Family Welfare Ministry Lav Agarwal before attending a meeting to assess the COVID-19 situation in the Bihar state in Patna

Joint Secretary in Health and Family Welfare Ministry, Lav Agarwal, seen before attending a COVID-19 meeting. (Photo | PTI)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: Lav Agarwal, the joint secretary in the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, who was for long the face of the Centre’s COVID-19 communication, has tested positive for the infectious SARS CoV-2.

A 1996-batch IAS from Andhra Pradesh cadre, Agarwal announced on Twitter on Friday evening, “Dear All, Just to inform that I have tested positive for Covid 19 and initiating home isolation as per guidelines. Requesting all my friends, colleagues for self-monitoring. Contact tracing will be done by the Health Team. Hoping to see everyone soon.”

The 48-year-old bureaucrat, who is in charge of the health division in the ministry had come into limelight for briefing the press every day during the COVID-19 lockdown period in the country.



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