KARACHI: As many as 2,096 members of the police force have been infected by the novel coronavirus in Karachi, a spokesperson of Sindh Police said on Saturday.
“In last two days, 171 policemen have been infected by the coronavirus,” the police department said in a statement.
Since the emergence of the pandemic, 16 policemen, including officers, have been martyred while performing their duty.
“Fourteen policemen have succumbed to the disease in Karachi and two in Hyderabad Police Range,” according to the spokesman.
Presently, 1,584 policemen are under treatment.
Since the emergence of the first case of Covid-19 in Karachi in February, the pandemic has ravaged all parts of Pakistan.
Earlier, the Sukkur SSP had released a bimonthly report on coronavirus cases in the police department which confirmed 159 positive cases of the virus in officers and other personnel in the region during two months.
“The infected officers and department staff were posted at 22 police stations of Sukkur district,” the report said.
The infected department staff also included personnel in traffic police who were infected while performing their duty, according to the report.
“Among the total infected policemen, 36 have defeated the coronavirus,” the report said.
Over 146 inmates and jail staffers had tested positive for coronavirus in Sukkur Central Jail in the end days of June.
According to Sukkur Central Jail authorities, a total of 1,600 tests were conducted, of which 146 tested positive for Covid-19.
The authorities said that 93 people, out of 146 positive cases, were recovered from the disease including 85 prisoners and eight jail staffers.
In May, over 200 inmates and nine warders had tested positive for coronavirus in Karachi Central Jail.