Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, May 28
A Railway Protection Force (RPF) head constable, posted at Ludhiana, succumbed to COVID-19 on Thursday. He was 49-years-old and hailed from the Karol Bagh area of Jalandhar.
He, along with another RPF personnel from Ludhiana, was the first one to test positive on May 18 from the Ludhiana unit. They were tested for COVID-19 after the Ludhiana unit personnel came in contact with the RPF Delhi battalion, who had come to Ludhiana on special duty.
He was under treatment at the Civil Hospital but was later shifted to the Christian Medical College and Hospital after his condition deteriorated on May 20.
He has been on ventilator since May 26 and was suffering from bilateral pneumonia and lung sepsis and was a borderline patient of hypertension. On Thursday, he suffered a cardiac arrest and breathed his last, said Dr Rajesh Bagga, Civil Surgeon.
To date, a total of 57 RPF personnel have tested positive for COVID-19 in Ludhiana. Of these 57, 48 are posted at Delhi and belong to the 6th battalion of the RPF while nine are posted at Ludhiana.
The Delhi battalion had come to Ludhiana on May 7 for the special duty to manage Shramik Special trains.
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