Covid-19: Punjab Civil Services officers quarantined after 14 tested positive attended association meeting

  • | Friday | 10th July, 2020

The state health department has asked at least 300 of their direct contacts, including family members and government employees, to put themselves in home quarantine.

A sense of nervousness and anxiety surrounds Punjab’s bureaucratic circles after 14 Punjab Civil Service (PCS) officers were confirmed positive for the coronavirus over the last couple of days.

All of them attended a meeting of their association in a Chandigarh hotel on July 3 to protest against the arrest of a fellow official, Tarsem Singh, posted as regional transport authority (RTA) in Faridkot, by the state vigilance bureau on corruption charges. Nearly 40 PCS officers were part of the meeting.

The state health department has asked at least 300 of their direct contacts, including family members and government employees, to put themselves in home quarantine.

The reports of five PCS officers are still awaited, said a senior health department official.

A senior health department official said all family members and employees posted in the offices of the PCS officers will be tested for the coronavirus.

“We are even tracing members of the general public who met these officials for their routine work,” he added.

Also, working in the offices of the officials found positive has been suspended till further orders.



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