Joint Secretary in the Health Ministry Lav Agarwal, who addressed the daily media briefings on the COVID-19 outbreak when it was picking up pace in the country, has tested positive for coronavirus infection.
A 1996-batch IAS officer of the Andhra Pradesh cadre, Agarwal was the central government’s official spokesperson at the national media briefings to provide updates on the COVID-19 situation in the country throughout April and May.
“Dear All, Just to inform you 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 the Health Team. Hoping to see everyone soon,” the 48-year-old said in a tweet on Friday.
Health ministry media briefings are now addressed by Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan with Agarwal also remaining present.