Amid the rising cases of the novel coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh, policemen deployed on the frontlines in hotspots are not immune to the infection. In the state, as many as 74 policemen have tested positive for Covid-19 so far. Out of these, 26 cases have been reported from Kanpur.
Additional Director General (ADG) law and order, PV Ramasastry told India Today, “74 cops have been tested positive for coronavirus in UP according to the data available till Sunday which includes maximum 26 policemen from Kanpur followed by 18 from Firozabad, 11 from Agra and 13 from Varanasi district.”
“Other districts where cops have tested positive are Moradabad and Banda. As many as 15 cops have been discharged till Sunday after they fully recovered. Most of the cases are asymptomatic. A female constable who was on leave, unfortunately, died due to Covid-19 infection in Agra district,” ADG Ramasastry added.
The top official added that the DGP headquarters has supplied 10,000 personal protection equipment (PPE) kits to ensure the safety of police personnel deployed in Covid-19 hotspots. A budget has also been allocated to the police chief of each district to allowing them to coordinate with the local health officials for the purchase of PPE kits, gloves, masks, sanitisers and other required safety gear.
ADG Ramsastry also said, “We have set up a 24×7 helpline at the police headquarters to solve the grievances of cops and their family members.”
Meanwhile, four cops in Firozabad who had tested positive for the infection earlier were discharged on Monday morning. With this development, the active cases in UP Police have come down to 54 as of May 11.
Policemen who recovered from the infection received a warm welcome outside the Firozabad Medical College by the superintendent of police (SP) and other personnel who showered petals on them. The cops were also seen clapping as their colleagues stepped out from the medical college after beating the virus.
Police constable Rajkumar who was one of the recovered cops said, “I do not know how I got infected with the virus. I am happy after getting discharged from the hospital. It is a highly motivating moment that the senior officials have come to greet us.”
“Some policemen in our district who are corona warriors got infected while relentlessly performing their duties. Four of them have been discharged and we are welcoming them because they have bravely defeated the virus. Now, they will be home quarantined for 14 days as a precautionary measure,” SP (city), Firozabad, Prabal Pratap Singh told India Today.,
Police constable Vineeta Yadav, who succumbed to novel coronavirus at a hospital in Agra on May 6 just three days after delivering a baby girl, was posted at the Bilhaur police station in Kanpur district.
Yadav delivered a baby girl at a hospital in Agra on May 2 and was discharged on May 4 after her sample was collected for the Covid-19 test. On Wednesday morning, her condition deteriorated as she was unable to breathe properly and was suffering from cold and fever.
The family took her to a private hospital where she breathed her last. Health officials informed her family about her samples returning positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday evening. She had been on leave from active duty since April 5.
Vineeta’s uncle Virendra, who broke down while speaking to India Today said, “She was very helpful and used to support other members of the family as well in a crisis. She was managing her family and work very nicely. Her death is very unfortunate.”