New Delhi: Two Border Security Force (BSF) personnel have succumbed to the COVID-19 infection while the force has reported 41 new cases of infection, a senior official said on Thursday.

The total number of infections or active cases in the 2.5 lakh personnel strong force now stand at 193 now. Two jawans have recovered.

These are the first cases of death in the BSF due to coronavirus infection and the second among paramilitary forces after a 55-year-old sub-inspector of the CRPF had succumbed to the disease last month.

In Delhi, 70 police personnel have been infected. The young constable who died was asymptomatic and had no symptoms till Monday evening. By late night he suffered from high fever and had difficulty in breathing. He was taken to a private hospital first, then to a government hospital where he was declared brought dead. This has alarmed many in the health fraternity and the police.

The BSF detected 85 new cases on Wednesday, taking the total cases in its ranks to 152. A majority of them (110) are from Delhi, and the rest from Tripura. The CRPF has 137 positive cases, though none were detected on Wednesday.