Jaiswal, nonetheless, maintained "only 24 samples are positive. These reports are of preliminary rapid tests and we are still awaiting the results of the comprehensive QT-RPR. None of those who have tested positive are having any symptoms. Yet, by way of abundant caution, they have all quarantined themselves at home".
He said the samples were collected on Monday upon the request of the party office, after it was learnt that a person who visited the premises recently had tested positive.
"Samples of 110 people were collected. These included not just party functionaries but all other staff members hired for running errands," he said.
Although Jaiswal did not disclose how many party functionaries were among those who tested positive, BJP spokesman Nikhil Anand confirmed these included "four office-bearers".
Party sources said the office-bearers were state vice-presidents Radhan Mohan Sharma and Rajesh Sharma, state general secretary Devesh Kumar and state general secretary (organisation) Nagendra.
The party office premises situated on the Bir Chand Patel Marg were, meanwhile, being thoroughly sanitised.