Merseyside Chief Constable tests positive for coronavirus

The chief constable of Merseyside Police, Andy Cooke, is to lead the force from home after testing positive for coronavirus.

Mar 21, 2020
By Tony Thompson

Have spent much of last week in self-isolation after developing symptoms, Mr Cooke released a statement on Friday (March 20) saying that a test for the virus, known as Covid-19, had proved positive.

He said: “During my career I can count the times I’ve been off sick on one hand, so this wasn’t an easy decision for me to make and in a way the outcome of the test proves the point.”

“Despite having had the virus I have been able to continue to represent the force from home and have been working at both a regional and national level with Chief Officers, Government officials and representatives from other partnership organisations.”

He added: “My officers and staff are working hard to reassure and protect our communities and I believe it is incumbent on me in these unprecedented times of uncertainty to continue to support my officers and staff and ensure that the force is in a position to cope with the challenges ahead and keep the people of Merseyside safe.”

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