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Kerala cop dies of coronavirus, first death in state police department

India Today logo India Today 4 days ago P S Gopikrishnan Unnithan

A 55-year-old cop died due to novel coronavirus in Kerala's Idukki district. This is the first death in the Kerala police department.

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Ajithan, a sub-inspector posted at Idukki Special Branch unit, died after battling Covid-19 at a hospital on Friday night.

The policeman was initially treated at the Idukki medical college. However, he was shifted to the Kottayam medical college on Wednesday night after his condition worsened.

Meanwhile, fresh guidelines have been issued for policemen in Kerala.

Kerala Police chief issued additional directions regarding the deployment of police officers on Covid-19 duty. The police chief said cops above 50 years should not be put on coronavirus-related duty but should be accommodated in house, light and station duties.

Officers with comorbidity should not be put on active duty even if they are below 50 years.

Visits other than to offices and essential need to be avoided. Health protocols are to be followed by officers and family.

Also watch: Kerala to start 'home care isolation' with health workers on trial basis (Video by The Economic Times)

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The designated officer is to monitor the treatment of officers who have tested positive for the coronavirus.

On Friday, Kerala reported 1,310 fresh coronavirus cases, taking the total tally to 23,613 cases. A total of 73 people died due to the new coronavirus in the state so far.

Follow the government's latest guidance on safeguarding yourself during the coronavirus pandemic, including travel advice within and outside the country. The World Health Organization has also busted some myths surrounding coronavirus. The Ministry of Health's special helpline is available at +91-11-23978046, and

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