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Over 40% staff at Bhuj RTO is COVID infected

  • 40% staff at Bhuj RTO office have been infected by COIVD-19. Association requests not to come to the office.
  • 11 staff members tested positive last week alone.

Over 40% of Road Transport Office (RTO) staff in Bhuj have tested positive for COVID-19. A local association has urged people not to come to the office.

Eleven staff members of the office tested positive last weekend alone. Among those who were infected are an inspector, an operator, senior clerk and head clerk.

A committee has also been formed and stationed at the gates which screen visitors and allow only those who have urgent work at the RTO office to enter the premises.

The representative of Motoring Public Association Umar Sama said that given the large number of staff who have been infected, they have appealed to people not to go to the RTO office. 

“The association has also asked agents at the office to voluntarily get themselves quarantined if they have come in contact with the infected,” said Sama.

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What RTO said

RTO CD Patel said that the office is almost shut down as over 40% of staff have been infected by the disease. He said the government has given several relaxations up to December for RTO related documents and work and hence they were appealing to people not to visit the office. 

He also urged those who may have come in contact with the infected to get themselves quarantined.

Possibility of super-spreaders at RTO 

The administration suspects that agents who frequent the RTO office may have ended up being super-spreaders of the disease. Agents from Gandhidham often move in an out of the Bhuj office.

Initially, an inspector had tested positive as well as an operator from Anjar. It is suspected that agents who came in contact with them might have ended up being super-spreaders of the disease.

COVID-19 in Gujarat

Gujarat COVID-19 figures on Monday touched 1,14,996 as the state recorded 1,334 new cases. The state has recorded over 1,300 cases for 13 days now. The state has carried out 71,507 tests in the last 24 hours.

The state also saw 17 fatalities due to the disease. Of this, three were recorded in Surat, Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar. Jamnagar and Bhavnagar and Rajkot recorded two deaths while Bharuch and Vadodara recorded one fatality each.


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