Two floors of BSF headquarters sealed after staffer tests positive for coronavirus

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: May 04, 2020, 03:04 PM(IST)

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"A head constable of the BSF working in the force headquarters has been found COVID-19 positive late night on May 3. He last attended office on May 1," a BSF spokesperson said.

Two floors of the Border Security Force (BSF) headquarters in Delhi have been sealed after a staff member tested positive for coronavirus.

He was working at an office on the second floor

The eight-storeyed BSF head office is located in the CGOs complex on Lodhi road that also houses the CRPF headquarters, which was placed under similar sealing on Sunday after two staffers tested positive.

"A head constable of the BSF working in the force headquarters has been found COVID-19 positive late night on May 3. He last attended office on May 1," a BSF spokesperson said.

All those who came in his contact have been identified and quarantined. They will also be tested for coronavirus.

The BSF head office houses the office of its Director General (DG) and other senior commanders apart from its operational and administrative wings.

Officials said this was done as the head constable had then exhibited some illness symptoms and he was immediately sent for medical care.

All attending staff vacated offices and the entire office complex was thoroughly sanitised with prescribed disinfectants.

The head office was closed on Saturday and Sunday and "no staff other than the security personnel and the control room members in limited numbers worked in the headquarters".

"Identification of secondary and tertiary contacts as per the protocol is being carried out and all protocols are being followed," the spokesperson said.

A total of 54 troops of the border guarding force have been detected with the disease till now, the maximum 31 from a unit that performed law and order duties in Jama Majid and Chandni Mahal areas of Delhi.

The 2.5-lakh-personnel-strong BSF is primarily tasked with guarding the Indian borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh, apart from rendering a variety of duties in the country's internal security domain.

(with inputs from PTI)

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