LAHORE: After the medical community, the contagion of Covid-19 has found its way among Punjab Police personnel at a fast pace.
A few days ago, at least 15 police officials reportedly tested positive for the virus in a single police station (PS) in Daska. A case in Pakpattan district was also reported. On Monday, the figure roseto 56 confirmed Covid-19 cases throughout Punjab. The reports of over two dozen suspected cases were pending.
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In Lahore, a few days ago, a station house officer (SHO) was tested positive. The victim was posted as Raiwind City SHO. In the same police jurisdiction, a sub-inspector had also fallen prey to the infectious disease after he was given the additional SHO charge. He had been serving as Ada Plot police post in-charge. Similarly, two traffic wardens, one posted in Model Town and the other in Naulakha sector, were also tested positive for Covid-19.
After the rising number of cases were reported, provincial police chief had ordered tests of the officials posted at pickets, Ehsaas centres, quarantine centres, hospitals and other offices.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 5th, 2020.