Bengaluru: A 59-year-old police sub-inspector attached to the control room in the Bengaluru commissioner’s office died due to COVID-19. He is the sixth police official to die of novel coronavirus in Bengaluru.

According to Bengaluru city police, he was undergoing treatment for COVID-19 at a private hospital in Attibele in Bengaluru rural and was working at the control room for the past two years. He is the sixth police official to die of COVID-19.

The deceased was admitted to a private hospital in Attibele area on July 10. He had taken leave from June 5 due to health issues. The PSI is survived by his wife and son.

The official was on duty till July 4 and was made to work the night shift by his senior officers despite instructions from city police commissioner Bhaskar Rao to send staff aged above 50 on paid leave. Rao issued the instruction on June 20. He later modified the order to work from home to include those above 50 years if they have health issues.

As the number of fresh COVID-19 cases and fatalities linked to the pandemic surge in Bengaluru, the capital city alone reported 1267 new cases while the same was 2496 in Karnataka on Tuesday.

At the same time, at least 20 wards in the city recorded over 10 cases each on Tuesday, BBMP statistics revealed. According to BBMP’s Covid-19 War Room data, Chikkasandra topped the list with 23 cases, followed by Shantala Nagar (21), Vasanthapura (19), Sarakki (17), Hombegowda Nagar (17) and Jayanagar (16), among others.

Meanwhile, the number of active containment zones in the city comprising 198 wards rose to 3452.

The health department also attributed 56 more deaths that took place over the last few days to Bengaluru's death toll on Tuesday. With this, 377 deaths have been reported cumulatively from the city.