In view of the Covid-19 pandemic, over 350 Delhi Police personnel who will be part of the guard of honor at Red Fort on Independence Day have been quarantined as a precautionary measure, officials said on Sunday.

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This personnel of the force of all ranks from a constable to Deputy Commissioner of Police have been quarantined at a newly built police colony in Delhi Cantonment, they said.


All the officers of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Delhi Police participating in the Independence Day ceremony at Delhi’s Red Fort will have to severely restrict their activities in view of the coronavirus pandemic, sources said today. They are only allowed to go to the rehearsals and return home. Their domestic help, cooks, and drivers will have to be in quarantine, sources said.


Special Commissioner of Police (Armed Police) Robin Hibu, who is in charge of the arrangements, said the 350 personnel are doing well and none of them has any COVID-19 symptoms. But they have been quarantined as a precautionary measure to ensure theirs as well as everyone else’s safety, he said. “All personnel who are currently in quarantine at the police colony here for over a week now have been provided with all facilities and are strictly following social distancing norms. “After their parade rehearsals, they immediately sanitize themselves. All precautions are being taken,” another senior police officer said.


He said that usually least 40 police personnel are ferried in a vehicle to parade rehearsals. But this year, owing to Covid-19, only 20 personnel are being ferried in a sanitized vehicle with strict adherence to social distancing norms, the official said.

More than 2,500 Delhi police personnel have been infected with Covid-19 so far. A majority of them already recovered and resumed their duties, according to the police. Fourteen Delhi police personnel have died due to the viral infection.

Meanwhile, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Sunday attributed the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in the national capital to “patients from outside getting tested here”. On Saturday, 1,404 new COVID-19 cases and 16 deaths were reported in Delhi, taking the national capital’s tally to 1,44,127. While 1,130 people recovered from the infection on Saturday, there are 10,668 active cases. The number of deaths linked to COVID has surged to 4,098, Mr. Jain told reporters. The number of active cases on Saturday rose to 10,667, from 10,409 the previous day, according to the Delhi government’s health bulletin.