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MUMBAI: Another city cop succumbed to the novel coronavirus on Tuesday taking the toll to 19 police personnel. The deceased, a 48-year-old constable from Kurla police station, was on medical leave since a year as he was undergoing treatment for cancer.
“The constable, who lived in Thane, was admitted to Bombay Hospital on May 21 after he tested positive for Covid-19. But his condition worsened and he died on Tuesday,” said Kurla police senior inspector Dattatray Shinde.
Till date, 1,526 cops from across the state have tested positive for Covid-19, and 29 of them have died.
Last month, the state government, along with the Maharashtra State Police Housing and Welfare Corporation, had set up two dedicated Covid centres for cops at Marol and Kalina.
“We are counselling policemen on how to handle Covid-19 patients and what precautions should be taken while maintaining the law and order in containment zones. Cops who are likely to be in direct contact with patients have been given PPE kits and advised to take HCQ tablets and multivitamins,” said an IPS officer.
In April, the state government had announced Rs 50 lakh compensation for the kin of deceased police personnel and a government job for a family member, in addition to the Rs 20-25 lakh from the police welfare fund.