Over 450 cops +ve, yet DGP says no to random testing - ECAS Punjab

Over 450 cops +ve, yet DGP says no to random testing

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Vishav Bharti

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 5

In a decision that has raised eyebrows, the Director General of Police (DGP) has asked the health authorities not to randomly collect samples of any police official for Covid-19 testing.

As per the communication sent by the DGP to senior police and health officials, the random sampling is being stopped till further orders. The exercise was going on for the past several months.

Sources in the Health Department said the decision had been taken as a number of policemen were found Covid-positive over the past several weeks. Following this, a large number of police personnel had to be quarantined, which was hampering the work.

Dr Rajesh Bhaskar, state’s nodal officer for Covid, said around 450 policemen, including senior officers, had been tested positive since March.

DGP Dinkar Gupta said they had stopped only random sampling of police officials. “We will be testing only those policemen who are symptomatic,” he said.

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