PNP COVID-19 cases now at 78

PHILIPPINE National Police chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa yesterday said there will be no stopping them from arresting all quarantine violators, foreigners included specifically those in COVID-19 ‘high-risk areas’ as the number of police personnel who have contracted the virus rose to 78.

So far, there’s a total of 78 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the police force with 580 others tagged as Suspected Persons Under Investigation and 96 others as Probable PUIs for a total of 754 cases, said PNP Health Service director, Brigadier Gen. Herminio S. Tadeo Jr.

Tadeo said 12 others have recovered from the virus but three passed away as a result of the deadly disease.

Gen. Gamboa said following President Duterte’s pronouncements, the PNP, along with the Armed Forces will strictly enforce the heightened Enhanced Community Quarantine.

On orders of the Department of Interior and Local Government and the Department of Health the PNP is now leading the contact tracing of positive, probable and suspected COVID-19 cases in the Philippines.

“As the PNP increases its presence as part of heightened ECQ measures and now includes COVID-19 contact tracing throughout the country, the exposure of our personnel to the pandemic increases. Thus, we will intensify monitoring of COVID-19 cases among our PNP personnel and will strictly implement the PNP-wide Biosafety Plan in all PNP camps, headquarters and precincts including ECQ checkpoints,” PNP spokesman, Brigadier Gen. Bernard M. Banac.

Aside from immediately arresting all ECQ violators, the PNP will also intensify its campaign against those involved in hoarding, profiteering, manipulation of prices, spreading of fake news, cyber-fraud and those caught in the act of harassing or discriminating frontline health care workers.

“To all our countrymen do your part as home-liners by staying at home throughout this heightened lockdown,” said the PNP spokesperson.