THE Philippine National Police on Friday recorded its 11th COVID-related death as the number of policemen confirmed to have contracted the disease rose to 2,109 with 771 of them already listed as having recovered from the deadly virus.
The 11th fatality was identified as a 49-year old male non-commissioned officer from the Northern Police District who expired last July 24.
As of 6 p.m. Thursday, 25 new COVID-19 cases in the PNP were recorded with 22 of them coming from the National Capital Region Police Office; one from the Police Regional Office, one in Ilocos-Pangasinan region; and two from the PRO7 in Central Visayas.
Another 837 PNP personnel were listed as Probable Persons Under Investigation while there are 2,505 who were tagged as suspected PUIs by the PNP Health Service headed by Brigadier General Herminio S. Tadeo Jr.
Last Saturday, a 10th policeman was added to the list of COVID-19 fatalities. He was described by the PNP Health Service as a 46-year old Police Commissioned Officer assigned at the PNP national headquarters who expired on Wednesday last week.
The Journal Group earlier reported that a member of the NPD with the rank of Police Executive Master Sergeant on Friday last week also died of suspected COVID while confined in a local hospital. The victim’s death was said to have been caused by Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome and severe community-acquired pneumonia.
PNP Deputy Chief for Administration and concurrent commander of the PNP Administrative Support to COVID-19 Operations Task Force, Lieutenant Gen. Camilo Pancratius P. Cascolan said he has ordered the PNP-HS to further improve their handling of COVID-19 patients.
PNP chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa said they are also coming up with more quarantine centers and testing hubs soon to cater to members of the force who have contracted the dreaded COVID-19 virus and need to undergo isolation and treatment.
At the same time, the PNP chief ordered the PNP-HS to implement stricter measures in all PNP-operated quarantine facilities and testing centers to prevent the further spread of the unseen virus.
Helping prevent the spread of the virus by fully enforcing health measures such as wearing of face masks, curfew hours and social distancing is also taking its toll on the national police which since last March have put up Quarantine Control Points in Metro Manila and the rest of the country to check health protocol violators.
At present, the PNP is already operating and managing seven quarantine and testing facilities in the country as part of supportive healthcare system for police front-liners who are involved in the government’s own battle against the pandemic.