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Defence secretary Ajay Kumar tests positive for COVID-19, sent to home-quarantine

There was no official word on whether the defence secretary has tested positive for the disease.

Published: 04th June 2020 01:06 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th June 2020 08:35 AM   |  A+A-

Medics wearing protective kits work inside a mobile coronavirus testing facility bus in New Delhi. (Photo | PTI)

Medics wearing protective kits work inside a mobile coronavirus testing facility bus in New Delhi. (Photo | PTI)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: India's Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, following which the defence ministry carried out a massive contact-tracing exercise, official sources said.

Kumar's condition is stable and he is currently under home-quarantine, they said.

At least 35 officials working at the ministry's headquarters in South Block in the Raisina Hills have been sent on home quarantine after reports of Kumar testing positive for the infection emerged on Wednesday morning.

There was no official comment on Kumar's health condition.

The defence ministry spokesperson refused to comment on the issue.

It is learnt that Defence Minister Rajnath Singh did not attend office as part of a precautionary measure.

The offices of the defence minister, the defence secretary, the Army Chief and the Navy Chief are on the first floor of the South Block.

The sources said all laid down protocols on contact-tracing and quarantining of people are being scrupulously followed.

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