Virus worries for Karnataka police force as HD Kote CI tests positive for COVID19

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21 more Karnataka State Reserve police, Mysuru who returned from Bengaluru containment zones tested positive for Covid-19

A traffic cop holds sample test tubes as he waits in a queue for COVID19 testing in Karnataka. PTI photo

Mysuru: Circle inspector of HDKote police station, who has tested positive for covid 19 has sent shock waves to his colleagues, staff of three hospitals  where he was treated. With this first case reported at HDKote, Covid 19 has spread its wings to all taluks of Mysuru district.

This HD Kote circle inspector is among two cops who tested positive for Covid 19 on Thursday including a woman police constable of Assistant Commissioner of Police (Traffic) office of Mysuru city.

Also 21 more Karnataka State Reserve police from Mysuru who had returned from Bengaluru after their duty at containment zones also tested positive for Covid 19 on Wednesday. So including all these cops a total of 50 cops are tested positive for covid 19 so far in Mysuru district including a total of 44 KSRP cops, a cop of Nanjangud rural police station and a head constable of TNarsipur police station.

59 year old circle inspector of HD Kote police station had travelled to his native in Mandya district twice. With the complaint of fever from 21 of June, he had visited a private clinic and a hospital in HDKote. On 30 June, his sample was drawn for testing. While he has hypertension and diabetes, since his blood sugar levels were fluctuating he was admitted at isolation ward in another private hospital.

Once he was tested positive for covid 19, he has been shifted to designated hospital in Mysuru. Followed by this, HD Kote police station has been sealed down. And his 22 primary contacts including two sub inspectors, four police constables, few staff of a clinic and hospital he had visited in HDKote have all been quarantined.

Also office of Acp (traffic) in Mysuru was sealed down since a woman police constable who worked there, is tested positive for Covid 19 on Thursday. ACP and staff of the office including, seven police constable and homeguards are quarantined.  

Meanwhile a fruit vendor at chikkapet in Bengaluru who had returned to Dallal Koppal village in Hunsur taluk on 18 June and has tested positive for covid 19 has become a head ache,  as he has had a liqour party with 12 friends after giving his sample presuming he was fine.

"He had thought that the patient would be informed results immediately after the swab was collected on 30 June and since nothing was told to him after his sample was collected, he has thought that he was fine," officers said.

And now swabs of all his primary contacts including those 12 friends who participated in liqour party are being drawn for testing and they are quarantined too. And in another case, another man from Doddahejjur of Hunsur taluk who travelled to Kodagu for daily wage work, tested positive for Covid 19 when he was taken to hospital after he had fallen from a tree at Kodagu.

Also since 13 year old barbar's daughter from Karimuddanahalli of Hunsur taluk who is tested positive on 28 June (after she visited a community health centre in HDKote), had also visited a private clinic at Gaddige, all those patients who have visited that clinic have been asked to report to taluk health officer. And also while her father had done hair cut at Gaddige, Aaswalu, Maadapura, Antharasanthe, all those who had got hair cut done by him in all these places have been asked to report themselves to Hunsur taluk health officer.

Now, samples of all the primary contacts of all these three people from Hunsur taluk were drawn on Thursday. And while the 13 year old had visited place of her Uncle (a barbar too), and a community health care centre at HD Kote, the samples of her primary contacts there are drawn and the results are awaited.

So far  321 people tested positive for Covid 19, and four deaths are reported in Mysuru district. And 127 cases are active and 126 people are treated at hospitals and one person is treated at home.

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