A policeman died with COVID-19 symptoms in Chattogram on Friday while at least 198 personnel were tested positive for the virus in last 24 hours, the officials said.
Chattogram Metropolitan Police traffic zone constable Naimul Haque, 38, died with coronavirus symptoms while undergoing treatment at the corona unit of Chattogram General Hospital on Friday.
He died at about 1:00pm at the hospital after suffering from fever, cough, and respiratory complications.
Chattogram General Hospital senior consultant Abdur Rob said that Naimul died with the symptoms of COVID-19.
The CMP’s additional commissioner traffic SM Mostaque Ahmed Khan said that the constable took a 21-day leave earlier for his pain in hand but on Thursday afternoon he went to Chattogram Police Lines Hospital at Dampa with breathing difficulties.
The hospital sent him of Chattogram General Hospital where he was admitted to the ICU.
He had been living at Ambagan area of the port city.
CMP deputy commissioner Tareq Ahmed said that they collected swab samples from the constable for examination at the Bangladesh Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital Chattogram for testing corona.
As of Friday, a total of 48 policemen were diagnosed with coronavirus in Chattogram.
Of them, 44 were from CMP while three were from Industrial Police unit and one was from Rapid Action Battalion.
Between April 28 and May 9, at least seven members ranking from constable to sub-inspector died of COVID-19, the police headquarters officials on Friday said. Half of the total deaths are from the public order management division in Mirpur.
The police headquarters said that 198 more police members were diagnosed with COVID-19 in a single day till Friday noon, taking the number of infected persons to 2,141 personnel across the ranks, from constables to superintendent of police. The figure was 328 on May 1.
Of the infected policemen, 1,041 were serving in Dhaka Metropolitan Police.
The Central Police Hospital officials said around 330 individual policemen were diagnosed every day.
The number of recovered patients till May 1 was 55 while it rose to 298 in the next 12 days.
The police headquarters assistant inspector general, Sohel Rana, said that the police chief was personally monitoring the treatment facilities of the policemen.
As of Thursday, at least 3,091 police members were quarantined while the number was 4,961 on Wednesday.
Central police hospital chief Hasan Ul Haider, a deputy inspector general of police, said about 80 per cent of the total COVID-19 patients in the police were from the DMP and the capital’s adjacent areas and most of the infected either used to live in barracks or worked on the streets.
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