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MUMBAI: Five more police personnel, including two from Mumbai, died of Covid-19 on Monday, taking the state toll to 144, of which 68 are from Mumbai. August could be the worst in the fight against Covid for state police, with 41 succumbing in 24 days. In July, 43 personnel died.
A radio talkie constable of Mumbai Police was admitted to hospital when he reached his village in Jawahar to spend time with wife and family. On August 21, Shankar Sawaratkar (51) succumbed at Karnik Critical Care Hospital.
Brother-in-law Bhajirao Pawar told TOI, “Sawaratkar reached in the evening on August 19 and within few hours complained of uneasiness, with severe cough and breathlessness. He was admitted around 10pm on August 20 and died the next day at 4.50pm. He did not have comorbidities. He went on leave but did not get to spend time with family.” He is survived by wife, an elderly mother and two sons, who are in the Army.
Head constable Dipchand Pawar (51), from local arms division of Mumbai Police, succumbed on August 22, while his test report showed positive on August 24. He reported to work till August 18 before he went on leave after he complained of fever and breathlessness. He was admitted to a municipal hospital in Koparkhairne, where he died.
The others are head constable Santosh Shelke (47), from Parner police station in Ahmednagar, assistant sub-inspector Sunil Shinde (56) of Ambad police station in Nashik city and one from Pune (rural).
The Mumbai Police report showed 35 Covid deaths were aged 54-58, 14 (40-50), 15 (51-53) and four (30-40).
The state police tally of cases is 14,067, of which 11,356 recovered and 2,569 are undergoing treatment.



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