As many as 4,544 members of Bangladesh Police were infected with the novel coronavirus while performing their duties until Friday.
‘Among them, 1,563 have made full recovery,’ said Sohel Rana, additional inspector general (media) of Police Headquarters. One of every three infected member made full recovery, which was 34.39 per cent of the total cases, he said.
With the constant efforts and directives from inspector general of police Benazir Ahmed, the recovery rate of infected police members was satisfactory, the AIG said, adding that the number of new infection among them had come down significantly.
Meanwhile, 15 police staff died of COVID-19, sources at Police Headquarters told UNB.
They said the deaths included high ranking officials too.
An additional deputy inspector general, eight superintendents, 19 additional SPs, 20 assistant SPs, 97 inspectors, 386 sub-inspectors and 781 assistant SIs were among the infected police staff as of May 23, the sources said.
Members of Bangladesh Police, Armed Forces, and RAB, along with other agencies have been jointly working to ensure social distancing across the country.
Earlier, Inter Service Public Relation Directorate reported that 345 members of Armed Forces, both in-service and retired military/civilian members, and their families, were admitted to Dhaka Combined Military Hospital coronavirus infection.
To cope with the worsening situation, Bangladesh Police recently hired 250-bed Impulse Hospital in the capital for the treatment of novel coronavirus-infected police members.
Bangladesh has so far reported 42,844 COVID-19 cases and 582 deaths.
Meanwhile, the government has decided not to extend the ongoing general holiday after May 30. Thousands of people started entering the capital after celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr at their village homes amid high risk of coronavirus infection.
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