A Border Security Force (BSF) officer and Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) jawan tested positive for novel coronavirus on Saturday, first cases of the highly contagious infection in the paramilitary forces, officials said. The 57-year-old BSF officer is posted at the forces' officers training academy in Takenpur area of Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh. Officials said he is suspected to have been infected from a family member who recently returned from the United Kingdom.
The second-in-command rank officer has been admitted to a local hospital, an official said, adding that over two dozen BSF personnel who came in contact with him have been sent to quarantine. The CISF head constable who has tested positive for novel coronavirus is posted at the Mumbai international airport. The jawan has been admitted to a local hospital. He might have got infected during his duty at the busy airport in the western metropolis, they said.
The about 10 lakh personnel strong paramilitary forces, also called the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs), are deployed for rendering a variety of internal security duties under the command of the Minister of Home Affairs (MHA).