Mumbai: A 57-year-old head constable on Monday became the third Mumbai Police personnel to die of coronavirus since Saturday, an official said.

It is also being reported that Sonawane was deployed in the L-ward (Kurla division) which is one of Mumbai city's major COVID-19 hotspots. The announcement of Sonawane's demise was made by the Mumbai Police in a statement on Monday that read, "Mumbai Police regrets to inform about the unfortunate demise of HC Shivaji Narayan Sonawane (56) from Kurla Traffic Division. HC Sonawane had been battling Coronavirus."

"We pray for his soul to rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sonawane family," added the statement.

The head constable was undergoing treatment at KEM Hospital in Parel after several state-run facilities refused to admit him, another official claimed. He was attached with the Kurla traffic division.

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"He had first gone to Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar on Friday after he felt feverish. Doctors there asked him to go to Kasturba Hospital, the main centre for communicable diseases. He was denied admission there and he then went to Nair Hospital which asked him to go to KEM Hospital," he claimed.

Head constable Shivaji Sonawane is the third Mumbai Police personnel to have succumbed to COVID-19 after testing positive for the infection. Constable Chandrakant Pendurkar attached to the Vakola police station was the first Mumbai Police personnel to die of COVID-19. Following his demise on Saturday, 52-year-old head constable Sandip Surve succumbed to the infection on Sunday.

Thirteen new coronavirus cases were found in Mumbai's Dharavi, taking the tally in the slum- dominated area to 288 on Monday, said a BMC official. This was a drop from 34 new cases - the highest single day count so far - found in Dharavi on Sunday.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official said the new coronavirus cases were found in Mukund Nagar, Madina Nagar, Muslim Nagar, Vijay Nagar, Prem Nagar, Indira Nagar and Shastri Nagar, among other localities, of the sprawling and densely-packed slum colony.