Mumbai cops above 55 years of age asked to stay home after 3 die of Covid-19

After three cops died due to coronavirus in the city, the Mumbai Police has asked all personnel who are above 55 years of age to go on leave and stay at home.

Police officers march on a street at Bandra during the nationwide lockdown imposed in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, in Mumbai, on April 19. (Photo:PTI)

The Mumbai Police has asked their personnel over 55 years of age to go on leave and stay at home after three of their colleagues died of novel coronavirus.

The order by Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh comes as a precautionary measure to protect them after deadly Covid-19 claimed lives of three police personnel on duty in the last three days.

A senior Mumabi Police official said during an analysis, it came to light that the three deceased and the other police personnel currently undergoing treatment for coronavirus were above the age of 50.

“In view of this, we have decided to protect our policemen and officers – who are above 55 years of age and having some pre-existing ailment – and asked them to take leave,” the official said.

“Because of their age, these police personnel are at a higher risk. Therefore, we are allowing them to take leave during these days,” the Mumbai Police official said.

The order also states that police personnel with age above 53 with existing condition of hypertension, diabetes and respiratory issues can also stay at home.

As of Tuesday, more than 100 police personnel, including 20 officers, have tested positive for coronavirus across Maharashtra and most of them are from the Mumbai Police force.

A 56-year-old head constable with the Mumbai Police had died on Monday. He was undergoing treatment for the novel coronavirus. Shivaji Sonawane was attached to the Kurla traffic division of the Mumbai Police. As per reports, Sonawane was deployed in the L-ward (Kurla division), which is one of Mumbai city’s major Covid-19 hotspots.

Head Constable Shivaji Sonawane was the third Mumbai Police personnel to have succumbed to Covid-19 after testing positive for the infection.

Constable Chandrakant Pendurkar attached to the Vakola police station died on Saturday. Head constable Sandip Surve, 52, succumbed to the infection on Sunday.

Meanwhile, PPE kits are being provided to police personnel and multivitamins are also being given to boost the immunity of the frontline force enforcing the lockdown.

(With PTI inputs)

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