After an official at the National Green Tribunal (NGT) tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection a day prior, the environmental organisation’s New Delhi office was sealed late last night. All staff members who came in contact with the person have been asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.

The NGT circular read, ”All high-risk contacts shall be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days. The NGT premises shall remain under deep sanitisation and with effect from 23.05.2020, no officer, staff, lawyers, litigants, or the public shall be permitted to have access to the NGT (PB) premises.”

As per the circular released by NGT the officer, who tested positive, was posted in the General Administration section (Principal Bench). He had last attended office on May 19. The contact tracing of the person is underway and currently he remains hospitalised.

All necessary protocols are being followed, it was said.

The deep sanitisation work,  to avoid the risk of further spread of the infection, will begin from May 23 and further decision on opening the office will be taken on May 25.

The NGT authority also said that no officer/staff/ lawyers/litigants/public shall be permitted to have access to the NGT (PB) premises.


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