Two floors of Parliament Annexe building sealed as officer tests positive for coronavirus
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The central government on Friday sealed two floors of the Parliament Annex building after a secretariat officer tested positive for the highly contagious coronavirus, news agency PTI quoted government officials as saying.
The officials said that the director-level officer, who attended work on May 28, was found positive for the infection along with his family members.
This is the second case of an official posted in the building testing positive for the infection. Earlier, an official of the Lok Sabha Secretariat working in the editorial and translation (E&T) services department was found positive for the dreadful infection.
According to the officials, the first official -- who tested positive for coronavirus -- was a housekeeper and had been at home since the Budget Session was adjourned on March 23.
Meanwhile, the officials have said that they have sanitised the entire Parliament before resuming operations and continued to take all precautions thereafter, adding that employees are now allowed to enter the building only after proper screening. The officials further said that all vehicles are also sanitised before entering the complex.
According to reports, there have been a few symptomatic cases of coronavirus among employees working in different secretariats and branches at the Parliament and its adjoining buildings.
Government buildings in the vicinity of the Parliament complex such as Krishi Bhawan, Shastri Bhawan and NITI Aayog, which have offices of several ministries and ministers, were sealed for a day or two following the detection of COVID-19 cases there.
According to the latest information available at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the deadly coronavirus has infected more than 1.65 lakh people in India and claimed the lives of over 4,700 while more than 71,000 people have been cured and discharged from hospitals.
(With PTI inputs)
Posted By: Aalok Sensharma