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Coronavirus: Bengaluru breaches 1,000-mark; head constable succumbs to COVID-19

A total of 4,93,893 samples have been tested so far by the health department, out of which 9,833 were tested on Saturday alone. So far 4,73,357 samples have turned out negative, of which 9,019 reported negative on Saturday.

Coronavirus Bengaluru breaches 1,000-mark; head constable succumbs to COVID-19
Bengaluru, First Published Jun 21, 2020, 12:07 PM IST
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Bengaluru: A 56-year-old constable attached to Kalasipalya Police station, Bengaluru, died of COVID-19 on Saturday at Victoria Hospital. The constable had tested positive on June 18 and was admitted to hospital on the same day. On Thursday, 8 police personnel from the station had tested positive.

“His family will get Rs 60 lakh — Rs 30 lakh ex gratia and Rs 30 lakh from insurance,” a senior police officer said. 

A senior police officer at Kalasipalya Police Station said the head constable had been assigned to the Cheetah motorcycle patrol squad and was staying in Cottonpet with his family.

His primary and secondary contacts have been traced and placed under quarantine.

This is the second death in the police department. So far, 36 policemen have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Earlier, an assistant sub-inspector attached to VV Puram Traffic Police Station, who died of heart attack, had tested positive posthumously. Around 40 police personnel have tested positive so far in the city.

An ASI attached to Wilson Garden Police Station was moved to Victoria Hospital on Saturday after he tested positive.

Meanwhile, with an addition of 94 cases, the COVID-19 count in Bengaluru crossed the 1,000 mark on Saturday. The total number of cases recorded in the city now stands at 1,076, of which 621 are active cases, and 61 deaths.

Karnataka reported 416 new cases, which took the total COVID tally for the state to 8,697. Nine COVID deaths were reported from across the state on Saturday, three in Bengaluru alone. Saturday’s cases in Bengaluru include 18 international passengers who returned from Dammam, Saudi Arabia.

The government has so far empanelled 518 private medical colleges and hospitals in the state to treat COVID-19. Bengaluru has 44 such hospitals.

That apart, Haj Bhavan has been equipped with 400 beds and will be used as COVID-19 care centre. 

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