New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: At least 122 personnel in a Delhi-based battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The 122 CRPF personnel belong to the 31st battalion of the paramilitary which is based in Mayur Vihar Phase-III area of Delhi, that has been entirely sealed after the huge numbers of the COVID-19 infection started building up over the last few days.

As per official the count could rise as the test results of 100 others are yet to come.

"Test results of 68 more jawans have shown them COVID-19 positive. All jawans are attached to a battalion having camp in East Delhi. Total positive cases in this battalion have reached 122 and overall figure of COVID-19 cases in CRPF is 127, including 1 recovered and 1 death," said a senior CRPF personnel, as reported by news agency ANI.

The official further said that the maximum of these infected troopers are asymptomatic, adding the entire unit has been quarantined.  

The personnel are admitted to an isolation facility of the Delhi government at Mandoli, the official said.

CRPF officers said it recently came to light that the medical wing of the paramilitary issued a separate order in April stating that doctors and paramedics can be taken off the quarantine if they do not show any symptom after five days.

Officials have indicated that the primary source of the COVID-19 infection in this unit could be a constable (nursing assistant) who joined this battalion after finishing his leave period at his home in the NCR.

The jawan is posted in an another CRPF battalion deployed in Kupwara of Jammu-Kashmir and it is not clear as to how he contracted the infection. The family members of this jawan had also tested negative. It could be possible that some other asymptomatic personnel from the 31st battalion was the primary source of infection for the unit, they said.

The force is investigating all these angles apart from an instance where it was claimed that the nursing attendant was not kept under strict quarantine in the battalion camp leading to the spread of the infection.

(With ANI and PTI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma