Following the loss of two of their colleagues to corona, the Secretariat employees of Andhra Pradesh, have requested the state government to allow them to work from home.
The president of the AP Secretariat Employees has also tested positive and is in quarantine. The rising number of positive cases has become a cause for concern for the secretariat staff.
Of the 3,000-strong Secretariat staff, about 100 seem to have tested positive and many more are awaiting their test results.
The employees feel that if not 100 per cent remote working for everyone, at least the staff members who are above 50 or have comorbidities should be allowed to work from home.
More than 6,500 cases have emerged since April 18, with the total number of cases rising to over nine and a half lakhs. The number of deaths have risen to over 7,000 with at least 22lives being lost in one day. Maximum deaths are being witnessed in Chittoor district. However, at the same time, over 2,000 more people have recovered from the disease as on April 18. The number of recoveries has gone up to over nine lakhs, while the active cases are over 44,000. 44,686.
Meanwhile, the Andhra Pradesh Special Police (APSP) that guards the secretariat has been directed not to allow any visitors, including contractors, to meet senior officials or ministers.