As many as 1,756 police personnel got infected with coronavirus as of Monday while performing their duties during the pandemic, reports UNB.

Among them, 810 are from the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) alone, sources at police headquarters told UNB.

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In the meantime, seven members of the law enforcement died of COVID-19, sources said.

At present, 4,803 policemen are in quarantine while 1,103 are being treated at isolation units. Besides, 165 patients made full recovery, the sources said.

Members of Bangladesh police, armed forces, and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), along with other agencies have been jointly working to ensure social distancing and law and order across the country.

Meanwhile, 345 members of armed forces both in-service and retired military/civilian members and their families were admitted to Dhaka Combined Military Hospital (CMH) with coronavirus infection as of Monday.

Among them, 88 made full recovery, six have died and all other patients admitted to the hospital are healthy, said a media release of Inter Service Public Relation (ISPR) Directorate.

Even though the government extended the general holidays until 16 May, it permitted businessmen to keep shopping malls, and markets open considering Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr from Sunday.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh Police recently hired 250-bed Impulse Hospital in the capital for the treatment of coronavirus-infected police members.

As the number of infected-police members is rising, state minister for foreign affairs M Shahriar Alam on Monday provided three Ireland-made ventilators and N95 masks for Bangladesh Police Hospital.

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He handed over the medical logistics to Inspector General of Police (IGP) Benazir Ahmed at police headquarters.

Bangladesh on Monday reported the highest number - 1,034 -- of confirmed new coronavirus cases.

The country has so far reported 15,691 coronavirus cases and 239 deaths.