Considering the gravity of the situation, the Nellore district administration has deployed a 'Sanjeevini' bus at the space centre to beef-up Covid-19 testing.
This comes barely a week after the lockdown restrictions were relaxed and operations resumed with 50 per cent staff at India’s sole spaceport.
The SDSC-Shar Controller also warned employees of stringent action after it was found that a majority of COVID-19 cases were the result of employees attending some kind of mass gathering
In last two days, at least a dozen fresh cases were reported both inside Sriharikota and the employee colonies in Sullurpet.
Rise in COVID-19 cases leads to suspension of all regular activities at ISRO's Sriharikota rocket centre
The rocket launch station will function with minimum essential/skeletal staff to take care of critical/essential activities.
Meanwhile, the Covid kitty of Tamil Nadu continued to swell after 5,834 fresh cases and 118 deaths were reported on the day, driving up the tally to 3,08,649 and the toll to 5,159.
SDSC-Shar Controller V Kumbakarnan has suspended the regular operations at the Solid Propellant Rocket Booster Plant (SPROB) and Solid Propellant Plant (SPP) with three employees testing positive
Another employee of the Solid Propellant Space Booster Plant (SPROB) and a securityman from the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which guards the high security facility, tested positive
One of the ISRO's housing colonies Swarnamukhi Nagar in Sullurpeta which reported four positive cases have been placed under lockdown.
The husband of a teacher of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) school in Sriharikota has tested positive for Covid-19.
The occasion was bereft of any jubilation. No handshakes or greetings -- a stoic silence as India's navigation satellite launch mission ended in a failure.