IAS officer tests positive,  Officials go into self-quarantine

IAS officer tests positive,  Officials go into self-quarantine


Nadeem Nadu

Srinagar, May 31 : A senior IAS officer has tested positive for novel Coronavirus last night in Jammu and Kashmir, and as a result, many senior officials are self-quarantining.

Official sources told GNS that the IAS officer’s test returned positive late last night, only a few hours after he participated in a high-level meeting attended among others by a Financial Commissioner, a Principal Secretary, a senior officer in the Disaster Management Authority and officials in the Health and Medical Education Department.

Besides them, the meeting was attended by Principal GMC, Managing Director of a concerned organization, a Director, a Microbiologist, an Epidemiologist besides others.

The swap sample of the Commissioner Secretary rank officer was taken at the airport and the reports returned after the meeting was over, they said. In fact, sources said, most of the officers who participated in the meeting had reached home.

“I had just finished my dinner when I received the call that I need to be in quarantine after the development,” one of the officers who had attended the meeting told GNS. He, however, said that all those who are attending any official meeting are taking due precautions such as wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.