11 IFS Officers Test COVID-Positive in Dehradun; 1 Senior Officer Absconding

11 officers of the Indian Forest Service have tested positive for COVID at the Forest Research Institute of India.

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Eleven officers of the Indian Forest Service (IFS) have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Old Hostel of Forest Research Institute of India in Uttarakhand, news agency ANI reported on Thursday, 25 November, citing Dehradun District Magistrate R Rajesh Kumar.

In order to prevent further spread of the viral infection, the eleven officers have been isolated at the Old Hostel, and the area has been declared as a containment zone.

"After 11 IFS officers at FRI Old Hostel and 6 people in Tibetans Colony, located on Sahastradhara Road, turned COVID-19 Positive in Dehradun, both the areas have been declared as Containment Zone," Kumar was quoted as saying.


A senior officer of Himachal Pradesh, who had visited the forest research institute had also tested positive for COVID-19, and has been absconding ever since, the Dehradun district magistrate told ANI.

The police is on a lookout for the missing officer.

Uttarakhand reported 25 fresh COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, taking the tally of active cases in the state to 180.

Meanwhile, 11 fully vaccinated army officers, who were taking a course at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Madhya Pradesh, tested positive for COVID-19, officials said on Thursday.

(With inputs from ANI.)

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