New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: As many as 13 people tested positive for COVID-19 at Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal's office in Civil lines on Tuesday, reported news agency ANI. All the staff had undergone tests for coronavirus. The first case was reported from the extended branch of LG's office after which 13 people were found positive for the virus.

"Total 13 people have tested positive for the infection. We are tracing the close contacts. The remaining staff members are being scanned for the symptoms. The office is being sanitised as per the government's guidelines," an official told IANS.

As per SOP, the complete building of Anil Baijal is being sanitised and proper guidelines are being followed. As per media reports, employees who tested COVID-19 positive are asymptomatic. 

Till May 29, four staffers tested positive at the Raj Niwas.

Previously, cases have been reported from the office of Health Minister Satyendar Jain, Delhi Secretariat and the office of District Magistrates.

Earlier on Monday, a NITI Aayog official had tested positive for the coronavirus. Last week, two officials working in the Ministry of External Affairs had tested positive for COVID-19.

On Sunday, an SDMC sanitation employee succumbed to the infection, as per media reports.

Amid rising case of coronavirus in the national capital, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday announced the borders to be sealed for the next 7 days. Over 1,000 cases are being reported in the last few days in Delhi.

As per the Union Health Ministry, the number of COVID-19 cases in the national capital is 20,834. At least 523 people have succumbed to the virus. Meanwhile, 8746 have recovered from the pandemic. 

The nationwide tally due to coronavirus has surged past 1.98 lakh with 5,598 deaths. Over 95,000 people have been cured. The recovery rate stands at 48.07 per cent. The mortality rate of coronavirus is 2.82-- lowest in the world, according to the Union Health Ministry.

(with IANS inputs)

Posted By: James Kuanal