17 asymptomatic Punjab cops test positive for COVID in random sampling

A total of 17 Punjab Police personnel have tested positive in a the sampling of 7165 cops posted in various police stations and on other frontline jobs.The police personnel were tested as part of a special RT-PCR COVID testing drive ordered by DGP Dinkar Gupta amid apprehensions of a spike in cases in the wake of relaxation of the curfew in the state then and almost three months of multifarious frontline duties by around 48000 policemen working 24/7 during the statewide lockdown.

While 1 868 of the 7165 samples collected till June 12 had tested negative results for 5280 were pending said Gupta adding that into the sampling process started on June 1 and efforts were being made to test a maximum number of police personnel posted in police stations and other high risk areas on a daily basis depending upon the spare sampling and testing capacity available with the Health Department.He further said that all the 17 infected cops were in isolation either in Civil Hospitals or in the COVID care centres established by the Punjab Health Department.

The DGP had been the through a video conference directed all SSPs/CPs and IGs to conduct RT-PCR test for all police personnel with high risk exposure with focus on personnel engaged in frontline roles in over 400 police stations of the 27 revenue/police districts of the state.Dekho aaj di sab to vadi te mari khabr ke hun punjab ch punjab police nu vi crona ho gea hai te police wale 17 crona positive paye gaye ne jis karke hun sare punjab ch hafra dafrai machi hoi hai te do din da paka lockdown laa dita gea hai.The DGP directed the district police chiefs, as well as the Special DGP of the State Armed Police to carry out the random sampling of a cross-section of the Punjab Police personnel including drivers of police vehicles prison vans etc.

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