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Ludhiana ACP dies of coronavirus, Punjab toll rises to 16

He was a frontline officer, working on 9-10 hours duty at city’s busiest wholesale vegetable market, since curfew was imposed in Punjab to contain the spread of the virus.

Written by Divya Goyal | Ludhiana | Updated: April 18, 2020 9:47:17 pm
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Ludhiana city police’s assistant commissioner of police (ACP, North) Anil Kohli, who was diagnosed with the novel coronavirus on April 12 late, died at SPS Hospital Saturday. With his death, the toll in Punjab has gone up to 16.

Kohli was a frontline officer, working 9-10 hours at the city’s busiest wholesale vegetable market, since curfew was imposed in Punjab to contain the spread of the virus. He was admitted in hospital on April 8. It is suspected that he got infected at the sabzi mandi.

Ludhiana Civil Surgeon Dr Rajesh Bagga said, “The ACP’s source of infection is still not clear.”

Dr Rajiv Kundra, Medical superintendent, SPS Hospital, said that the 52-year old officer’s condition started deteriorating late Friday. “He had a multiple organ failure which led to cardiac arrest,” he said.

ADCP Sachin Gupta, nodal officer for Covid-19, said that a donor for ACP’s plasma therapy was also arranged but before planned therapy could be done, he passed away.

Meanwhile, another assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of Ludhiana police tested positive Friday. Till now, four policemen from Ludhiana city police have tested positive for the virus including the late ACP, his constable gunman and SHO (two direct contacts) and ASI (SHO’s direct contact).

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