A total of 5,507 policemen were infected with coronavirus across the country while performing duties as of Wednesday as the virus infection situation continues to worsen with the surge in new cases and fatalities.
“Among the total infected policemen, 2106 have made full recovery as of Wednesday morning,” said sources at the Police headquarters.
Among the total cases, 1,728 were infected in Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) alone, the sources said.
Among the total infected policemen, 1585 have been kept in isolation while 5538 were sent to quarantine.
Most of the recovered policemen have joined their respective duty stations after recovery, he added.
A total of 15 cops and one civilian member of the law enforcement agency died from COVID-19, sources said.
Bangladesh recorded another spike in coronavirus cases on Wednesday when the health authorities announced detection of 2,695 new patients in the last 24 hours.
“During this period, 37 patients died, raising the death toll to 746,” Prof Dr Nasima Sultana, Additional Director General of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), told a regular online briefing.
“The mortality rate is 1.35 percent in country,” she said.
Bangladesh’s confirmed cases now stand at 55,140.
Bangladesh announced its first cases on March 8 and the first death on March 18 but it has been seeing a sharp rise in both new cases and deaths in recent weeks.