COVID-19 case emerges in Rashtrapati Bhavan, 115 houses put in self-isolation

115 staff houses at Rashtrapati Bhavan have been put under self isolation after a staffer’s relative tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

As per the official release, a COVID 19 positive patient from Central Delhi, who was neither an employee of the President’s Secretariat nor a resident of the President’s Estate expired on April 13, with co-morbidities at B L Kapoor Hospital, New Delhi.After contact tracing of the deceased, it was found that a family member of an employee of the President’s Secretariat had been in contact with the deceased.

The employee along with the family is a resident of Pocket 1, Schedule A area of the President’s Estate. As required under the guidelines, all the seven members of this family were moved to the quarantine facility at Mandir Marg on April 16.

Subsequently, one of the family members who was in contact with the deceased, tested positive. All other family members including the employee of the President’s Secretariat have tested negative, the statement said.

Following the instructions and guidelines of the authority designated under the Disaster Management Act 2005, read with Epidemic Diseases Act 1897, 115 houses in Pocket 1, Schedule A area of the President’s Estate were identified for movement restriction and residents have been advised to remain indoors. The residents of these houses are being provided doorstep delivery of essential commodities, it said.

Delhi has the second-highest numbers in the country after Maharashtra with over 2000 Covid-19 cases.

So far India has reported 18,601 COVID-19 cases with 590 fatalities.