Another cop dies from Covid-19

A frontline fighter, Bangladesh Police has been the worst hit by Covid-19 as the number of its members found coronavirus positive is set to cross the 10,000-mark.    

No other force has seen so many infections in the country.

The number of police personnel dying from Covid-19 is also increasing.

Yesterday, another police member, who earlier tested Covid-19 positive, died while undergoing treatment at Central Police Hospital in the capital.

With his death, 37 police personnel have so far died from the virus infections.

Constable Touhidul Islam, 43, contracted Covid-19 while discharging his duties as a member of Airport zone of Dhaka Metropolitan Police’s Uttara Traffic Division, says a statement of Police Headquarters (PHQ). 

Hailing from Rangpur, Touhidul left behind his wife, a son, and a daughter.

His body was sent to his village home. He was buried at his family graveyard after a namaz-e-janaza in the presence of senior district police officials, reads the statement.

As of yesterday, 9,869 police personnel were infected with the virus. Of them, 2,193 are from DMP, according to the PHQ.

Besides, 9,004 officials are in quarantine, and 4,188 in isolation.

Meanwhile, 5,794 members of the force recovered until yesterday, and the recovery rate is around 55.92 percent, say PHQ officials.

The officials attributed the decent recovery rate to proper steps of the police administration.

In another development, 632 members of Bangladesh Ansar and Village Defence Party got infected till yesterday, says a statement from the force.

Of them, 401 contracted Covid-19 while performing their duties in Dhaka and 231 others while discharging their duties in different districts, said Mehnaz Tabassum Rabin, deputy director of the force.

The first Ansar member tested Covid-19 positive on April 10. So far, three Ansar members have died from coronavirus infections. Apart from that, 358 members recovered.

DD Mehnaz said they already taken adequate measures to provide the infected officials with better treatment. That is why, the recovery rate in the force is good, she said.


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