1,700 Delhi cops infected with Covid since January 1

SOPs were released by the Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana on January 5 for the the police force to follow in light of rising cases of infections. Cover : Getty Images

A whopping 1,700 Delhi Police personnel have tested positive for the novel coronavirus infection since January 1, according to the officials, on Wednesday.

Special arrangements for administering precaution dose (booster) of Covid vaccine has been organised from 11:30 am onwards at Officers lounge on the ground floor of PHQ. This initiative has been taken so that staffers like guards among others deployed at our headquarters do not have to go outside during their duty hours to get booster shots.

The officials also added that a special camp has been organised for police headquarters staffers to administer booster doses to the eligible beneficiaries. As per a senior police officer, all of them are doing fine and are under quarantine and would be joining duty after recovery.

As a precautionary welfare measure, a special camp has also been organised for the staffers working at Delhi Police Headquarters on Jai Singh Marg for administering booster shots to those found eligible. Only those eligible police personnel who have completed nine months after taking their second dose of vaccine would be eligible for the booster shots,” as per Shalini Singh, Special Commissioner of Police (Welfare).

In a meeting held on Tuesday with senior officers of the districts and other units, the officers had been strictly instructed to brief their personnel to take care of themselves and follow the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for prevention of coronavirus amid rising cases amongst the force, police said.

Being frontline workers, they are bound to perform their duties so they should do it with full precautions,” Singh asserted.

“We have also told the personnel that social distancing should be maintained while they are in their respective barracks and mess. They have been asked to sanitise their keys after their shift while they handover the vehicles to the next shift in charge,” the officer added.

In another welfare initiative and to provide assistance to Delhi Police personnel and their families, all personnel were informed about Delhi Police Wellness Centers functioning in Hauz Khas, Dwarka, Japan Puri, Model Town, Shalimar Bagh, Kondli and Security Section in Vinay Marg. All the personnel were also directed to contact the respective in-charge of their unit for uploading the date of second dose of vaccination as mentioned in Covid vaccine certificate, they said.

“All police personnel are also informed about the counsellors available for providing Covid-related counseling and for uplifting the mental health of the personnel and their families. They have been provided with names and contact details of the counsellors who would be available for them,” Singh said.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Chinmoy Biswal, who is also the spokesperson of the force, had also tested positive for the infection. He is currently doing fine and under quarantine.

Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana had on January 5 issued the SOPs for the force to follow to tackle Covid mess. According to this order, all police personnel and their eligible family members who have not been vaccinated, may be motivated to complete the vaccination process. “Those who have not been vaccinated due to medical reasons may be encouraged to seek medical opinion again for the vaccination”, the order had said.

All police personnel may be motivated to take precaution dose of Covid vaccine and install and use of Aarogya Setu’ mobile application mandatorily. Self-monitoring practice is to be adopted by police personnel and any kind of illness may be reported without fail, to daily health monitoring officer, the order added.

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