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As a preventive measure, family members of at least 115 houses on the Rashtrapati Bhavan premises have been asked to isolate themselves after a relative of an employee, working in the housekeeping department, was detected with the COVID-19 disease.

The Rashtrapati Bhawan is a house to nearly 1,000 families who are engaged in various duties which include maintenance of the majestic palace with 340 rooms, a central lawn, Ashok Hall and Durbar Hall.

The Rashtrapati Bhawan issued a statement that “no employee of the President’s secretariat has tested positive for COVID-19 and the secretariat along with the local administration is taking all the preventive measures required under the government guidelines.”

The patient died on April 13, 2020 with co-morbidities at the BL Kapoor Hospital in New Delhi.

After contact tracing of the deceased, it was found that a family member of an employee of the President’s Secretariat had been in contact with the deceased prompting the authorities to shift the employee along with the family, residents of Pocket 1, schedule A area of the President’s Estate, to a quarantine facility at Mandir Marg on April 16, the statement said.

“Subsequently, one of the family members who was in contact with the deceased tested positive. All other family members, including the employee of the President’s Secretariat, have tested negative,” it said.

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