NDRF reports first COVID-19 case; 43 fresh infections in CAPFs

New Delhi, May 22 (PTI) An official of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been found positive for coronavirus, the first case such being detected in the federal contingency force, officials said on Friday.

They said the sub-Inspector rank official was on leave and had gone to a doctor for some dental treatment, following which his COVID-19 test was done.

The NDRF official has been admitted to an isolation ward in the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) Referral hospital in Greater Noida on Thursday.

The official is posted in the headquarters of the force here and was on deputation from the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), they said.

The NDRF, raised in 2006, is a 12-battalion strong force of the central government for disaster response and its over 40 teams are currently deployed in Odisha and West Bengal for relief and rescue works in the wake of cyclone 'Amphan'.

The CAPFs, which comprises CRPF, ITBP, BSF, CISF and SSB, reported 43 fresh cases since Thursday.

The Border Security Force (BSF) reported 24 fresh cases on Friday, out of which seven personnel are posted at the headquarters of the about 2.5-personnel strong paramilitary in Delhi.

'All the fresh cases have been reported from Delhi and they work in various establishments of the force.' 'These personnel were the primary or secondary contacts of earlier detected positive staffers and were not working in the office and were already in quarantine,' a BSF spokesperson said.

As and when test results are coming, they are either being detected positive or negative for COVID-19, he said.

The Pakistan and Bangladesh borders guarding force has a total 108 active cases, while 277 of its troops have recovered.

The airports guarding force Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) also reported 13 fresh cases with four reported from its unit deployed to guard the Bokaro steel plant in Jharkhand.

The about 1.62-lakh personnel strength force has a total of 100 active coronavirus cases while 71 have recovered from the disease. The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), country's largest with 3.25 lakh personnel, reported five fresh cases and its overall active cases tally is 125 personnel.

A total of 213 CRPF personnel have recovered till now.

The Indo-Tibetan Border Police, tasked to guard the 3,488 km Line of Actual  Control with China, had one fresh case, taking its total active cases tally to 105. A total of 82 of its personnel have recovered till now.

The Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), guarding the open Indian fronts with Nepal and Bhutan, has 30 active cases.

A personnel of the elite counter-terrorist force, NSG, has also been infected with the disease early this month.

The five CAPFs, National Security Guard (NSG) and the NDRF work under the command of the union home ministry. PTI NES SKL KJ KJ