77 PNP personnel now confirmed COVID-19 cases

THE number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Philippine National Police rose to 77 yesterday with another 670 either Probable or Suspect virus patients prompting PNP chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa to reject calls for relaxation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine in Luzon and other parts of the country.

“We should learn from the experience of other countries that prematurely  relaxed the enforcement of their lockdown which caused a resurgence of infection, so please let us not be complacent and let us do this together correctly the first time and not regret having the surge of cases and deaths like what happened in countries severely hit by COVID-19,” the PNP chief said.

This as latest records from the PNP Health Service headed by Brigadier Gen. Herminio S. Tadeo Jr. showed that apart from the confirmed 77 COVID-19 patients in the force, there are also 100 Probable Persons Under Investigation and 570 more Suspect PUIs.

Three police personnel have died after contracting the virus while 12 have already recovered.

Gen. Gamboa stressed that the PNP and the Armed Forces will not  allow medical health workers, the country’s last line of defense in the war against the kller virus, to continue to get infected by the virus due to ECQ violators as this his will increase the risk of our hospitals being overtaken by COVID-19 cases.”

“We need to do this because we also want to mitigate the continued risks faced by frontline PNP personnel who are exposed to increasing number of people and motorists violating the ECQ at checkpoints,” Gen. Gamboa said.

“We will not allow the continued increase in the cases of our law enforcers who are the country’s last line of defense in maintaining order amidst our fight against COVID-19,” Gen. Gamboa said.

The PNP chief ordered all his regional and provincial directors and chiefs of police to convince their governors, mayors, barangay captains and all local government units and executives in their areas to pass ordinances specifically the mandatory wearing of face masks, much stricter social distancing rules and curfew hours and prohibition on the unauthorized presence in public to help that the spread of the virus.

Eleazar tells cops to honor IATF-MEID-issued cards Joint Task Force COVID Shield commander, Lieutenant Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar yesterday called anew on policemen manning Quarantine Control Points in Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon to honor identification cards issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of the Emerging Infectious Diseases or IATF-MEID.

The official, also the PNP Deputy Chief for Operations issued the call amid persistent reports from different sectors that some police personnel manning QCPs are not honoring IATF-MEID cards issued to Authorized Persons Outside of Residence or APORs.

Eleazar said there are IATF-issued IDs including those given to legitimate members of the press which actually don’t have QR (Quick Response) Codes but it doesn’t mean they are fake IDs.

Eleazar said that both RapidPass and IATF ID cards should be honored but basic IDs presented by APORs are enough for them to be granted access by QCP personnel.