Mumbai loses sixth cop while 200 back on duty in Thane city

May 15, 2020

MUMBAI/THANE: Another 45-year-old constable attached to Shivaji Nagar police station succumbed to coronavirus on Thursday. This takes the total deaths in the force in the city to six and nine in the state.

This came as more than 200 Thane city cops are back on duty after they came in contact with suspected patients and were quarantined, while 17 colleagues are being treated

State police statistics showed 1,001 tested positive, of which 142 have recovered, while the rest are in hospital or quarantined.

Constable Bharat Parte's wife too tested positive and was quarantined, a police official said. The youngest cop to die of Covid, on March 28, he felt feverish and took medicines, but when he showed symptoms he was admitted to a hospital in Panvel.

His test report came positive and he was treated at a private hospital in Panvel. When his condition did not improve, he was on May 8 shifted to government-run MGM hospital (Kalamboli), where he was kept on a ventilator. But his condition worsened and he passed away on Thursday,'' said an official.

He said Parts may have contracted the virus while in a patrol van in Shivaji Nagar, a major containment zone after Dharavi. On Sunday, assistant sub-inspector Murlidhar Waghmare (53) attached to Sewri police station died. Last week, head constable Sunil Kargutkar (Vinobha Bhave Nagar, Kurla) succumbed and last month, Shivaji Sonawane (Kurla traffic), constable Ganpat Pendurkar (Vakola station) and Sandip Surve (special branch) died.

Policemen aged above 55 have been told to stay at home, and those at the frontline have been told to take precautionary measures. They have been told to take HCQ and other tablets too.

Thane police said contact tracing was done for 226 cops as they had come in contact with patients

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