New Delhi: India’s Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar on Wednesday tested positive for the deadly coronavirus. The defence ministry began a massive contact-tracing mission right away to eliminate any chances of spreading the viral infection further. Also Read - Over 19,000 Fresh Cases Recorded in Last 24 Hours, Total Tally Crosses 6 Lakh-Mark | Top Developments

Ajay Kumar’s condition is stable and he is currently under home-quarantine, officials in the government said. No formal comment has been made regarding Kumar’s condition. The defence spokesperson refused to comment on the issue. Also Read - Tamil Nadu Lockdown Extension: Small Temples Reopen, Please Don't Sprinkle Holy Water on Devotees, Says Government

Kumar is the first top bureaucrat to have tested positive for the deadly virus. Also Read - No one Helped us Cremate Body: Man Dies of COVID-19 on Monday, Family Keeps Body in Freezer For 48 Hours

At least 35 officials working at the ministry’s headquarters in South Block in the Raisina Hills have been sent on home quarantine after reports of Kumar testing positive for the infection emerged.

However, speculations were aversed that Defence Minister Rajnath Singh could be infected as he did not attend office as a precautionary measure.

all laid down protocols on contact-tracing and quarantining of people are being scrupulously followed, the officials said.