CRPF headquarters in Delhi sealed after staff members found COVID-19 positive

CRPF headquarters in Delhi sealed after staff found COVID-19 positive
A Central Reserved Police Force (CRPF) personnel closes the gate of a camp at Mayur Vihar, during the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, in New Delhi. Photo: PTI

New Delhi: The headquarters of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) here has been sealed after a personal staff of a senior officer and a bus driver of the paramilitary tested positive for coronavirus, officials said on Sunday.

The five-storey building is located inside the Central Government Offices (CGO) complex on Lodhi Road.

A personal secretary of a Special Director General (SDG) rank officer working in the headquarters tested positive for the virus on Saturday, they said.

Also, a bus driver who ferried personnel working at the headquarters, contracted the disease, they added.

"One driver attached with CRPF headquarters has tested COVID-19 positive. The headquarters is closed for sanitisation till the task is completed," a force spokesperson said.

Entry of officials in the headquarters has been barred from Sunday, they said.

A senior official said the force has informed the district surveillance officer for "initiating required protocols" as per medical guidelines, for time-bound proper sealing of the building.

"All procedures will be followed. CRPF Director General A P Maheshwari has issued clear directions that all COVID-19 guidelines have to be followed strictly," he said.

They said a contact tracing exercise has begun to quarantine all the personnel who came in touch with the two infected staffers.

The SDG-rank officer has already gone into self quarantine, they said.

The force has been witnessing multiple cases of the virus, with at least 135 personnel of its 31st battalion based in Delhi being infected and a 55-year-old Sub-Inspector of the unit succumbing to the disease last week.

At least three other personnel from different units have been found coronavirus positive and a number of their colleagues have been quarantined.

With about 3.25 lakh personnel in its ranks, the CRPF is the country's largest paramilitary force and is designated as the lead internal security force of the country.

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