By Rohit Sindhu, Updated : May 02, 2020 17:32 IST
Delhi-based CRPF Battalion's 122 Personnel infected by Covid-19, Official

Around 122 personnel of CRPF’s 31st Battalion tested positive of covid-19 infection. The battalion is based in Mayur Vihar Phase-3, Delhi. The area has been entirely sealed after rise in the number of cases in last few weeks. ‘A total of 122 troopers of this battalion have tested positive for the virus. Results for over 100 more are awaited,’ a senior official told the media personnel.

‘The brighter side is that the maximum of these infected troopers are asymptomatic. The personnel are admitted to an isolation facility of the Delhi government at Mandoli,’ the officer added to his statement. Twelve troopers had tested positive on Friday and a 55-year-old sub-inspector of this unit had succumbed to the disease early this week.

CRPF Battalion's 122 Personnel infected

‘The large number of cases coming from a single battalion, which has over 1,000 jawans, has become a matter of concern for the Home Ministry,’ sources in the Home Ministry said. Adding to the statement the sources said, ‘at the centre of the controversy are two directives sent by the Deputy Director Medical. An order on April 1 said a five-day quarantine is needed, while the government's order has been for a mandatory quarantine of 14 days for personnel joining back the unit from leave or having suspected exposure to a coronavirus-infected person, sources said. A second directive was sent by the medical wing of the paramilitary force on April 17, with the quarantine period changed back to 14 days’.

The CRPF has said that all companies should ensure placing sanitiser machines in each and every duty vehicle so that jawans can sanitise themselves while on duty, apart from demanding more vehicles from the concerned authorities in Delhi.

CRPF Battalion's personnel on duty

This morning, India recorded the biggest single-day jump of 2,293 coronavirus cases, taking the total to 37,336. At least 1,218 people have died due to the virus. Delhi is among the worst-hit states with 3,738 cases and 61 COVID-19-linked deaths.

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