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75 BJP leaders, workers test positive for COVID at party headquarters in Bihar

Srinagar: Day after the state government of Bihar decided to implement a complete lockdown, at least 75 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders and staff at the party headquarters, have reportedly been found coronavirus positive.

According to a report published by a Delhi based news organisation TimesNow, samples of more than 100 leaders and staff working at BJP HQ in Patna were collected yesterday in which 75 people have tested positive by now.

“Only 24 samples are positive. These reports are of preliminary rapid tests and we are still awaiting the results of the comprehensive QT-RPR. None of those who have tested positive are having any symptoms. Yet, by way of abundant caution, they have all quarantined themselves at home,” the report quoted BJP president Sanjay Jaiswal Bihar as saying.

“Samples of 110 people were collected. These included not just party functionaries but all other staff members hired for running errands,” he added.

Bihar BJP general secretary Devesh Kumar, state general secretary (organisation) Nagendra, state vice-presidents Radhan Mohan Sharma and Rajesh Sharma are among the leaders found to be infected with the virus.

The party office complex situated on the Bir Chand Patel Marg was being sanitised.

Meanwhile, Shailesh Kumar, the Minister of Rural Works Department, who earlier tested positive, is the second member of the cabinet to have contracted the disease.

Earlier, Backward and Extremely Backward Classes Welfare Minister Vinod Kumar Singh and his wife were found to be coronavirus positive.

Pertinently, Bihar is gearing up for Assembly Elections, scheduled to be held later this year. Reports suggest that the leaders could have assembled at one place from where they caught the dreaded infection.

Earlier, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi announced that the 15-day lockdown will remain in force at all municipal, district, sub-divisional and block headquarters level.

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