The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoH&FW) has decided to shut its office for two days following after several of its employees tested positive for COVID-19. AS many as a dozen officials have been reportedly found Corona positive, which led authority to take prompt steps like closing office for disinfection and other preventive measures to ensure safety of staff.
Nirman Bhawan, which houses the ministry of health, ministry of power, and ministry of urban affairs, among others, will be disinfected and sanitized on June 6 and 7, a HT report said.
“Many cases are being reported and we don’t know where these cases are coming from. A lot of people are at risk; we heard a driver was infected and since carpooling is happening these days, the other four people sitting in the car also contracted the infection. That’s probably why it was thought to disinfect the building,” an official, who did not wish to be identified, was quoted as saying by the report.
The Ministry has also issued guidelines comprising precautionary measures for staff like wearing of masks, entry of only asymptomatic people inside the premises, no loitering of employees in corridors, among others.
“… to say that the number of Covid positive cases is going up steadily and many officers of the ministry have been tested Covid-19 positive. It has been noticed that at times social distancing is not being maintained in office premises. Hence, all official/staff are advised to take the precautionary measures strictly in order to contain spread of Covid-19,” said the office memo.