Covid-19 positive cases at Raj Bhavan in Guwhati have increased to 70 with the detection of 24 fresh cases at the office cum residence of the Assam governor.
Initially, it began from two security men who tested positive, after which samples of around 200 besides Governor Jagdish Mukhi, were taken.
Two more employees – a generator operator and a computer assistant tested positive later.
Following this, Raj Bhavan was declared a containment zone on July 4.
But despite the containment measures, positive cases continued to increase at the high security zone.
Fifty four families reside inside the complex which also houses a company of paramilitary, special branch men besides the staff of the Governor’s secretariat.
By July 6, the number of positive cases rose to 12, which included four CRPF men, the Governor’s doctor and his laundry man who was allegedly doing work even after giving his samples for test on July 1, The Assam Tribune reported.
Ten days later, IAS officer SS Meenakshi Sundaram, who is the commissioner & secretary to the governor also tested positive.
Subsequently, around 45 staff and security personnel of the Raj Bhavan had tested positive.