6 cops test positive even after taking jab in Ahmednagar

AHMEDNAGAR: Six police personnel, including a female cop from Belwandi Police station in Shrigonda taluka, tested positive even after receiving a coronavirus vaccine shot. They are currently under home isolation. The Belwandi police were vaccinated eight days ago.

Taluka Health Officer Dr Nitin Khamkar said, “Vaccination does not have immediate effect. It takes a period of 15 to 20 days. These cops have contracted corona in the first week. Even if the vaccine is given, one must follow all Covid-related protocols until effects begin.”

Belwandi Police Inspector Sampat Shinde said, “We have instructed all officials to go to work with due diligence. The work will be affected as six policemen have contracted the virus and there is a need of police force with increasing number of Covid-19 cases. However, we are being careful as to not spread the virus further.

Maharashtra’s per day count of new Covid-19 cases continued to remain above the 8,000-mark on Sunday, while the death toll increased by 62 to reach 52,154, the health department said.

The state recorded 8,293 new cases during the day, it said.

It was the fifth consecutive day when the state’s daily infection count was more than 8,000. There are 77,008 active cases across the state at present, the department said in a statement.

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