THE number of Philippine National Police (PNP) members who have tested positive for Coronavirus Disease COVID-19) has climbed to seven.
PNP spokesman Police Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac confirmed this, saying as of March 30, 2020, four cops were added to the list of policemen who contracted the deadly disease.
All patients were undergoing treatment in hospital.
In line with this, the PNP also formed a National Headquarters Medical Reserve Force to support the COVID-19 Operation Task Force.
The NHQ Medical Reserve Force is composed of 257 cops who finished medical related course.
They are assigned to help the PNP Health Service and PNP General Hospital in treating 145 patients under investigation (PUIs) and 1416 patients under monitoring (PUMs).
As part of their effort to provide facilities to policemen undergoing quarantine, the PNP also opened the Kiangan Billeting Center (KBC) inside the PNP headquarters.
Banac said KBC was opened based on the recommendation of the PNP Health Service.
The area will be used specifically for cops who were under self quarantine die to coronavirus disease.
The place will provide free board and lodging, free food and wifi connection.
Banac said the move is part of the biosafety plan to help PUIs and PUM s undergoing quarantine.