As COVID-19 cases continue to surge in Maharashtra, frontline workers such as medical professionals and police officials continue to work day in and day out in the hope of curbing the outbreak. Unfortunately, battling the virus to keep the city safe also means risking one’s life. About 30 Mumbai Police officials have succumbed to the infection, and over 2,200 have tested positive in the police force. On Tuesday, 58-year-old Head Constable (HC) Uday Raghunath Shinde, who was set for retirement on June 30, breathed his last at the Nair Hospital after battling the virus for over a week. He was attached to the Nirmal Nagar police station.
As cases among police personnel continue to increase, the government has decided not to press personnel of or above 55 years into duty as they belong to the vulnerable age group. About 13 ambulances have been allotted to each of the police zones. With this, the response time has been reduced by half an hour from the earlier seven-eight hours, an official said. Photo by Sachin Haralkar/MMCL