A Senior IAS officer in J&K tested positive for COVID-19


JAMMU: A senior officer in Jammu and Kashmir tested positive for coronavirus disease COVID-19 on Saturday evening. This comes a few days after the wife and son of an advisor to the Lieutenant Governor contracted COVID-19.

The officer has been hospitalised at hospital in Reasi district.

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The IAS officer, who came back from Srinagar on Saturday, had attended a high-level meeting in Jammu that was chaired by a top bureaucrat, a financial commissioner, a principal secretary, a senior bureaucrat in the disaster management authority and officials from health and medical education department.

While the senior IAS officer, who is holding rank of commissioner secretary, was hospitalised at hospital, top bureaucrats have been either sent to hotel or home quarantines and their samples are being taken.

The sample of the senior IAS officer was taken for testing after he came back to Jammu from Srinagar.

The meeting was held around 4.30 pm on Saturday as a pre-cursor to discuss lifting of lockdown restrictions in the union territory from June 8.

“Other senior officials include a divisional commissioner, heads of health and medical education department, principal of GMC Jammu, directors of national health mission, health services, medical supplies corporation, microbiologist and epidemiologist,” said the official.