New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The NITI Aayog building in the national capital has been sealed for 48 hours after a director-level officer tested positive for coronavirus, said a senior official on Tuesday.

"A director-level officer working at NITI Bhawan has been tested positive for COVID-19. Today at 9 am, he got his report, and then he informed authorities," Alok Kumar adviser at NITI Aayog told PTI.

He added that those who came in contact with the person have been asked to go on self-quarantine.

"We are following necessary protocol and the health ministry has been informed and all the due processes will be followed. So, we are closed for 48 hours," Kumar added.

"The necessary protocol is being followed, including sealing of the building for two days for thorough disinfection and sanitisation," said Ajit Kumar, Deputy Secretary (Administration), NITI Aayog as quoted by ANI.

Recently, the aviation ministry was also sealed after one of its employees tested positive for COVID-19 on April 15.

With 190 fresh cases reported in Delhi, the total number of coronavirus cases has climbed to 3,108 in the city.

The cases also include the private secretary of southwest Delhi District Magistrate Rahul Singh, prompting the IAS officer to go into self-quarantine, an official told PTI.

Two Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) volunteers who were engaged in food distribution at a Delhi government-run centres in Mehrauli also tested positive, following which several localities in the area have been declared as hotspots.

The number of containment zones in the national capital has risen to 99. Amid rising cases of COVID-19, the state government is likely to increase the lockdown period till mid-May to prevent the spread of COVID-19, suggest reports.

According to the latest data by the Union Health Ministry, total cases in India have reached 29,435, with 21,632 active infections. Total casualties are at 934, while 6,868 people have recovered.


(with PTI inputs)

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