Hyderabad: A 25-year-old police constable working at Medipally police station of Rachakonda commissionerate tested positive for COVID-19 on 1 May. The constable, a resident of Amberpet in the city, had complained of fever and other health complications. He has no travel history and was not in contact with any other patients.

The constable, who has been posted at Medipally police station since 2018, works in the crime branch. Inquiries revealed that he had missed his duties for over a week due to ill health. His samples were collected on 29 April and the results came back positive on 1 May. He was immediately taken to the isolation ward of Gandhi Hospital. The contact tracing process has started.

Further, as a preventive measure, all staff at Medipally police station have been tested and nine of them who have mild symptoms and other health complications have been advised to stay under home quarantine. Meanwhile, the constable’s family members have also been advised to quarantine themselves and disinfect the residence and surrounding areas by Saturday.

This is the sixth positive case reported in the police department. DSP Kothagudem, the first positive case in the department, has been discharged, while a head constable from Saifabad, two constables from Chikkadpally, and a head constable from the Intelligence security wing that takes care of the VVIP and VIP security in the state are in isolation.

Including the constable, six personnel from the Telangana police have been tested positive. Slung by COVID cases, the Telangana police department has launched a heath survey titled `Telangana State Police Department – Health Survey. It will not only checks the present health condition of a person but also tries to find out whether he or she has come in contact with any COVID-19 patients or going through any psychological issues. The online survey is aimed to get an overview of the health of police personnel during persistent duties.

According to senior officials, the survey is to ensure that all police personnel are in good health. The online questionnaire was shared with the staff over WhatsApp groups a couple of days ago.

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