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15 policemen test positive for Covid-19 in Karachi

At least 15 police personnel have so far tested positive for the coronavirus in Karachi, officials and sources said on Monday.

This latest development has prompted higher authorities to direct senior officers to get coronavirus tests made of the infected policemen’s family members and colleagues as well and also to quarantine.

As of Monday, 156 of the 227 new coronavirus cases confirmed in Sindh were detected in Karachi, indicating a rise in local transmission of the virus.

As per media reports, among the COVID-19 positive policemen are two inspectors and as many sub-inspectors while most of the remaining officials are either head constables or constables deputed at different places in the city.

Except for one inspector who tested positive in March, all other policemen tested positive in the last 20 days, according to the news source.

The Sindh police chief has directed all DIGs and SSPs across the province to task their welfare officers with ensuring that tests are carried out of all family members of the police personnel who tested positive for the coronavirus as well as their colleagues.

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As per the communique sent to police officers said the reports of all COVID-19 tests conducted of police personnel and their families should be sent to a focal person appointed by the AIGP welfare.

Sindh coronavirus positive cases tally has surged to 2,764.

Saman Siddiqui

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