Published On: Sun, Mar 15th, 2020

Coronavirus hits trainee IFS officer

Dehradun: A 26-year-old trainee IFS officer from the Indira Gandhi National Forest Academy (IGNFA) was tested coronavirus positive in Dehradun on Sunday (March 15, 2020) which makes it the first case of coronavirus in Uttarakhand.

S K Awasthi, Additional Director of IGNFA

The officer had returned from an international study tour to Spain, Finland and Russia along with other 62 probationers on March 11.

All the probationers were put under quarantine since they returned. The blood samples of six of the trainees who had showed symptoms of cough, cold and fever had been sent for testing.

Sources said that while one of the samples has been found to be positive, the reports of the rest are yet to be received.

Officials said that the trainee officer who has tested positive for the virus was showing “mild symptoms and therefore holds strong chances of easy recovery.”

“We are following strict protocols as laid down by the ministry of health and all the probationers are in quarantine. Although we have received the positive case information from the health authorities, we are yet to see the report,” said S K Awasthi, additional director of IGNFA.

Till now 25 suspected patients have been screened in Dehradun, out of which 15 people reports were found negative while the reports of other 10 people are awaited.

The state’s health department said that it is constantly monitoring the situation regarding the prevention of coronavirus.

The number of coronavirus cases in India has gone up to 108, which includes 91 Indians. Among these, nine have been cured and two have died. According to officials, the total number of passengers screened at the airport so far is 12,29,363.

Maharashtra has emerged as the worst-hit state in the country with 31 positive cases.


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