Bengaluru, June 29 (IANS) A Bengaluru city policeman tested positive for Covid after his death even as more infections are occurring in the police department, an official said on Monday.
"An assistant sub inspector (ASI) attached to the Whitefield police station has succumbed to the virus," said an official.
The 57-year-old officer fell down in the washroom at his home on Saturday and was declared dead on being rushed to hospital.
Later, a swab test was conducted on the police officer which confirmed his Covid positive status.
Meanwhile, as many as 50 policemen of the 150-strong Central Crime Branch (CCB), including drivers, are in quarantine.
"In CCB many are in quarantine, around 50," CCB Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Kuldeep Jain told IANS.
Since June 10, policemen above 55 years of age have been advised to work from home and from Saturday those above 45 with co-morbidities have also been told to work from home.
On Sunday, 15 policemen tested positive for the virus, including a senior police officer in the north traffic division.
The senior officer's office as well as Yelahanka traffic police station have been sealed and staff quarantined.
Similarly, a head constable deputed as a gunman for a civic body corporator, a head constable in the armed reserve and a V.V. Puram ASI have also tested positive for the virus among others.
The state government has also created an exclusive facility for infected policemen.
ESI Hospital at Indiranagar has been notified as a dedicated Covid hospital to treat moderate and severely symptomatic policemen.