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‘Hats off’ to cops who remain committed despite rising Covid deaths

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More than 300 police officers have recently succumbed to Covid-19, while many more remain in hospital or in isolation.

File picture: Henk Kruger/African News Agency (ANA)

POLICE management have paid tribute to police officers who remain committed and dedicated to front-line service despite having to bury colleagues almost on a daily basis.

More than 300 police officers have recently succumbed to Covid-19, while many more remain in hospital or in isolation.

According to National SAPS spokesperson Brigadier Vish Naidoo, as of December 31, 2020, 340 police officers died of Covid-19 and he said the number is growing.

“We’ve had members that have lost their lives over these past three days, including this morning as well, but we haven’t got the full and final stats as yet. Of course, it does put a strain on the emotional state of our members because thus far we’ve had more than 21,000 members who were infected,” Naidoo said.

He said, fortunately, over 19,000 of them have recovered.

“Others are still recovering at home in self-isolation. But when it comes to policing, I think hats need to be taken off for our members who still remain committed and dedicated to the front-line service that is expected of them,” Naidoo said.

SA has a cumulative total of 1,100,748 Covid-19 cases identified with 11,859 new cases since the last report, representing a 32% positivity rate.

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