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Despite measures, some police staff tested positive for Covid-19: Home Minister Bommai

Two police stations in KR Pet sealed down

Mysuru, May 22:- “We have taken all safety measures for the police officials who are on duty. Despite the precautions, some police staff have tested positive for novel coronavirus. I have instructed the Police Department to make them work in shifts,” said Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai here on Friday.

“Police staff in KR Pet, Bengaluru and Shivamogga have tested positive for coronavirus. They have played a major role in reducing the spread of coronavirus. They have come in contact with several suspected coronavirus patients. But it is very less compared to other states. Police officials aged above 55 years should be working at stations. Youths should be on shifts and should get holidays every week or 10 days. Two police stations in KR Pet have been sealed down,” he said.

“District administration has worked well to control coronavirus pandemic. Police, ASHA workers and officials have worked well. I appreciate them. Mysuru shares a border with both Kerala and Tamil Nadu. People of the district have cooperated well during the lockdown. The number of cases is increasing post-lockdown,” he said.

“We are controlling inter-state movement. Inter-district movements should also be controlled. We have to think about the next move after lockdown 4. We will take action after verifying the facts,” he said.

“Jubilant Generics has been permitted to reopen with conditions. Being a pharmaceutical company, it cannot be closed for a long time. They sought permission for reopening. Based on conditions, it will be reopened,” he added.

Responding to queries on people entering through Anekal border, the minister said that he personally visited Attibele and ordered seal down. He said that a special squad has been formed to trace those who enter illegally. He said that the Superintendent of Police Ravi D Chennannavar has registered complaints.

District in-charge Minister S T Somashekar, MLA G T Devegowda, Deputy Commissioner Abhiram G Sankar, MCC Commissioner Gurudatta Hegde, senior police officials and others were present. (MR/KS)

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