Over 10,000 state cops infected with COVID-19

Police Corona

Mumbai: As many as 10,035 police personnel of Maharashtra have so far tested positive for coronavirus and 107 of them have died due to the viral infection. Among the police personnel who tested positive included over 1000 officers.

Senior IPS officer and the additional director general of police (law and order) Mumbai police, Vinoy Kumar Choubey was among the officers who contracted coronavirus.An internal assessment report prepared by the Mumbai Police to understand the spread of Covid-19 among its personnel has found that the fatality rate in the city police is 1.34% while that of Mumbai is 5.83%. The fatality rate was the highest at 82% among those aged above 50 years. The report found that police personnel aged between 31 and 40 years were affected the most. High blood pressure and diabetes were the most common ailments among those with a medical history.

On the other hand, as Maharashtra shows signs of stabilisation in its active cases, the state has begun opening up with new guidelines easing restrictions and permitting activities under its ‘Mission Begin Again’. From today, all shops will be allowed to open every day, and on both sides of the road, from 9 am to 7 pm. Till now, only non-essential and standalone shops were allowed on one side of the road on odd days, while those on the other side were open for business on even days.

The total number of cases stands at 4, 57,956 while the death toll was recorded as 16,142 by Wednesday. The BMC has restricted the movement of people for non-essential activities, like shopping and outdoor exercise, to their neighbourhoods.

The BMC on Wednesday said that one new coronavirus case was reported in Mumbai’s Dharavi area, taking the total number of cases to 2,589, including 77 active cases and 2,254 discharges in the area.

Meanwhile, the COVID-19 fatality rate has further dropped to 2.09 per cent, the Union health ministry said. The recoveries have surged to 12, 82,215 and are more than twice the active cases of the coronavirus infection, it added. Coordinated implementation of the strategy by the Union and state and Union Territories governments has also ensured that the COVID-19 case fatality rate has been low when compared to the global scenario. “It has been progressively falling and stands at 2.09 per cent as on date,” the ministry said.