Mumbai: A young police jawan died of Coronavirus in Palghar district today. The jawan was a resident of Murbad taluka in neighbouring Thane district.
According to the district police sources, the victim was attached to the Valiv police station at Vasai in Palghar district. He was tested positive for COVID-19 and was admitted to a hospital where he was undergoing treatment.
The policeman was ventilator support since the last two-three days and died on Monday. The district collector, Sachin Navadkar informed that as many as 135 personnel in the district have so far tested positive for coronavirus and two of them have died. A 40-year-old police jamadar died of coronavirus here last month.
Meanwhile, the state government has decided to constitute a four-member committee through the State Health Department to study various rapid antibody tests and kits recommended for Covid diagnosis by Indian Council for Medical Research.
Informing this, the Maharashtra minister for public health, Rajesh Tope said that the committee will be led by eminent medical specialists such as Ranjit Mankeshwar, Dean, Grant Medical College and Amita Joshi, member-secretary, Health Director Committee. It will study the kits produced by various companies and submit a report to the government within 10 days, Tope said.
The committee will focus on the test systems and kits recommended by the ICMR for rapid antibody tests. It will recommend the use of all or selected test systems and kits in the State. It will also determine whether the tests should be performed on frontline Covid warriors such as the police, healthcare workers, sanitation workers and the general population or selected number of people, the minister further informed.