57 trainees in IAS training centre test COVID positive

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New Delhi, November  21 (IANS): A total of 428 trainees at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, a research and training institute on public policy and public administration, are worried as 57 trainees have tested Covid positive since Friday.

All these trainees are here for the 95th foundation course which is conducted for new entrants to the Civil Services.

However, the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions assured that the academy is taking 'every measure' to break the chain of Covid-19 spread in consonance with the guidelines of the MHA and the District Administration of Dehradun.

"All officer trainees, who have tested positive, have been quarantined in a dedicated Covid care centre. Since November 20, the academy has conducted more than 162 RT-PCR tests in coordination with district authorities," a government statement said.

Meanwhile, the academy has decided to conduct all activities, including training, online till the December 3. The protocols relating to social distancing, frequent hand washing and wearing of masks are being strictly enforced.

Food and other necessities are being delivered to the officer trainees in their hostels by staff who are equipped adequately in protective gear, the ministry added.