Defense secretary tests coronavirus positive, part of South Block sealedLast updated on Jun 04, 2020, 10:51 am
Defense Secretary Ajay Kumar tested positive for coronavirus and is quarantining at his home, reports said. The 1985-batch IAS officer is the first top bureaucrat to have contracted COVID-19.
Following strict protocols, a part of the South Block on the Raisina Hill complex, Delhi, was sealed for sanitization.
The Defense Ministry is yet to comment on the development.
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He had mild fever, tested positive on Tuesday
Reports said Kumar was feeling unwell for the last couple of days and also had a mild fever. He got himself tested and the results came on Tuesday. He will remain in home quarantine until he tests negative.
Kumar's office was at the first-floor section of South Block, which is being thoroughly cleaned.
Nothing is being taken frivolously, officials in the know said.
35 officials have been sent to home quarantine
At least 35 officials were sent to home quarantine after the report arrived. According to HT, the Chief of Defense Staff, General Bipin Rawat, and tri-service chiefs may not have come in his direct contact in the last four days.
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh didn't attend office on Wednesday, though he is discharging his duties like earlier.
Singh's office is also on the first floor.
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