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Seventeen cops and a judge were forced to go into quarantine after a vehicle lifter who was arrested had tested positive for COVID-19 in Ludhiana on Thursday.

As per reports, the man was caught with a stole motorcycle during police patrol onMonday following which he was arrested and taken to jail and produced before a court.

After the thief complained of cough and cold, he was sent to a hospital for tests.

With the tests showing the thief to be infected by coronavirus, seventeen police officers who were involved in his arrest were quarantined.

The judge before whom the thief was presented has also gone into self-quarantine.

Meanwhile, India on Friday reported 6412 coronavirus cases including 199 deaths and 503 cured or discharged.

The Centre on Thursday announced a financial package of Rs 15000 crores for ‘India COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package‘to all state governments.

Officials said that the funds sanctioned will be utilized for immediate COVID-19 Emergency Response (amount of Rs 7774 crores) and rest for medium-term support (1-4 years) to be provided under mission mode approach.

The key objectives of the package include mounting emergency response to slow and limit COVID-19 in India through the development of diagnostics and COVID-19 dedicated treatment facilities, centralized procurement of essential medical equipment and drugs required for treatment of infected patients, strengthen and build resilient National and State health systems to support prevention and preparedness for future disease outbreaks.

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