Coronavirus | CRPF SI dies of COVID-19 in Delhi

CRPF soldiers patrolling a market during the lockdown at Vishal Enclave in west Delhi on Sunday. Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

CRPF soldiers patrolling a market during the lockdown at Vishal Enclave in west Delhi on Sunday. Shiv Kumar Pushpakar  

This is the first such death reported in the Central Armed Police Force

A 55-year-old Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel died on Tuesday due to COVID-19 at the Safdarjung Hospital here on Tuesday, officials said.

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A resident of Barpeta in Assam, the deceased was posted at the CRPF unit at Mayur Vihar in East Delhi. A senior CRPF official said the victim was a diabetic.

Around 40 people, including the deceased, were placed in a quarantine after a 43-year-old constable posted as a nursing assistant in the CRPF tested positive on April 21. An official said 46 of the constable’s contacts had tested positive so far.

The Sub-Inspector was rushed to the Safdarjung Hospital on Monday after his condition worsened.

The constable, posted in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara, was on leave and living in Noida. Due to the ongoing lockdown, he joined the medical unit of the CRPF in Mayur Vihar, close to his local base on April 6 after his leave got over. “Due to the unprecedented situation, the personnel who were on leave were asked to join duty at their nearest location. He developed some symptoms on April 17 and a test confirmed the infection on April 21,” a CRPF official said and added that it was not clear how he contracted the infection.

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