Joint secretary Lav Agarwal tests positive for COVID-19

Health ministry media briefings are now addressed by Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan

Lav Agarwal was entrusted with the responsibility of conducting national media briefings to provide up-to-date information on the COVID-19 situation in India throughout April and May. File photo: PTI

Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Health, announced on Friday (August 14) that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and has gone into home isolation as per health department guidelines.

“Dear all, just to inform that I have tested positive for Covid-19 and initiating home isolation as per guidelines. Requesting all my friends, colleagues for self monitoring. Contact tracing will be done by health team. Hoping to see everyone soon,” the 48-year-old said in a tweet.

Health ministry media briefings are now addressed by Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan.

A 1996-batch IAS officer of the Andhra Pradesh cadre, Agarwal belongs to Uttar Pradesh. He was entrusted with the responsibility of conducting national media briefings to provide up-to-date information on the COVID-19 situation in the country throughout April and May.

Notably, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who had tested positive for COVID-19 a few days back, tested negative on Friday. Shah took to Twitter to announce the news.

Meanwhile, the country witnessed another significant rise in the single-day COVID-19 cases with fresh 64,553 infections and 1,007 fatalities reported in the last 24 hours. The total death toll has risen to 48,040.

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