Amid spike in Covid-19 cases in Assam, as many as 220 policemen in the state have tested positive for Covid-19.

Assam Director General of Police (DGP) Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta on Monday said that 171 of those found positive are still admitted at Covid care centres (CCCs) while 49 have recovered.

“The Covid-19 positive cases in Assam have increased and it was not unexpected.  There was full possibility that  police personnel who are involved in carrying out duties related to the pandemic and other law and order issues will also get infected,” he said.

He said all police personnel on Covid-19 duty to take necessary precautions.

Four constables from the DGP’s security ring had also tested positive recently following which he also undertook swab tests, results of which came negative.

Mahanta said they have evolved a system where they follow up each positive case regularly by talking to them about their well being and any other issue that they might have.

A dedicated team also remains in touch with their families, he added.

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