TWO members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while 709 others were considered as Patients Under Monitoring (PUMs) and 61 Patients Under Investigation (PUIs).
This was confirmed yesteday by Philippine National Police PNP spokesman Police Brig.General Bernard Banac.
In line with this, heightened biosafety protocols were enforced in facilities and offices of the PNP.
Banac said the PNP Health Service confirmed 2 cases of COVID-19 infection of active PNP members based on test results released by RITM on March 25, 2020.
He said RITM released the positive test results taken on March 17 on a 32-year -old PNP member assigned in Metro Manila who has since been on home quarantine since March 14.
The second patient, a 52-year- old male PNP member assigned in Laguna, also tested positive after earlier exhibiting symptoms associated with COVID-19.
Both patients are now under home isolation and are being closely monitored by PNP doctors.
Banac explained that as recommended by Police Brigadier General Herminio S Tadeo Jr, Director of the PNP Health Service, the offices where both patients are assigned are now under lockdown and subject to thorough disinfection to preclude the possibility of cross-contamination of other office personnel all of whom have been ordered to undergo quarantine procedure.
The PNP is also conducting extensive contact tracing with the help of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) to identify persons who may have come in close contact with both patients, including civilians and other PNP personnel stationed in different offices.