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DDCA joint secretary Rajan Manchanda orders Kotla shutdown after COVID-19 positive

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DDCA has been closed after staff tested COVID-19 positive

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DDCA joint secretary Rajan Manchanda orders Kotla shutdown after COVID-19 positive

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SportsCafe Desk

09/07/2020

DDCA joint secretary Rajan Manchanda has ordered the shutdown of the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium after one of the employees tested COVID-19 positive. Further, he also ordered that the staff member would only be allowed to enter back into the premises after testing negative for COVID-19.

In the wake of a DDCA employee testing COVID-19 positive, DDCA’s joint secretary Rajan Manchanda wrote in an order to shut down the Kotla club with immediate effect and sanitize the entire surrounding. In the absence of a president and a secretary, Manchanda had ordered that the multiple employees who were tested positive for the virus to return with negative results before opening the premises. 

"It has come to my notice that there has been a COVID-19 positive case in DDCA today. Please shut down the club with immediate effect till further orders and please ensure sanitisation of the entire club premises as soon as possible," Manchanda wrote in his e-mail, instructing administration manager Neeraj Sharma, which is in possession of PTI, reported TOI.

"There was an office order stating whosoever takes sick leaves related to the symptoms of Covid shall not rejoin duty without getting Covid test. However Mr. ....... (name withheld) joined duty without any Covid negative report. Please seek answers from him regarding this immediately. Office orders need to be followed strictly. There is no room for carelessness at the moment," he further added. 

In addition to his previous comments, according to TOI reports, Manchanda also reaffirmed that it would be quite risky to open up the facilities given the recent spell of incidents. The DDCA were hoping of picking up the probables for the season, starting October. However, owing to the virus, all such plans have been put on hold, given that Delhi is still one of the hotspots for the virus in the country. 

"Right now, it would be risky to open the Kotla. The office was open but now we have to shut down everything and once everyone has completed their isolation period, we will consider reopening. We can't take risks."

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