A TOTAL of 250 police personnel have been infected by the novel coronavirus, or Sars-CoV-2, which causes the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), the Philippine National Police (PNP) said.
As of May 18, four policemen had died from the disease, 69 have recovered while the rest are either being given supportive care or undergoing quarantine.
The PNP said 754 policemen were considered probable Covid cases while 538 others were suspected cases.
PNP spokesperson Brigadier General Bernard Banac earlier said majority of the infected cops are members of the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), who were assigned to man quarantine control points as part of the enforcement of an enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
The PNP, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Bureau of Fire Protection and Philippine Coast Guard are the lead implementers of the quarantine protocols to prevent the spread of the virus.
Earlier, the Quezon City Police District’s headquarters, Camp Karingal, was placed on a three-day lockdown after 14 policemen assigned there tested positive for the virus.
The PNP headquarters, Camp Crame, was not placed on lockdown as PNP Chief Archie Gamboa assured that measures to prevent the spread of the virus inside the police camp are in place.
The PNP has established isolation facilities inside the said camp to cater to police personnel who have been recommended to undergo self-quarantine.
The PNP is also conducting diagnostic tests on its personnel.
The Headquarters Support Service (HSS), meanwhile, is implementing the PNP personnel re-entry plan and visitor management system in all pedestrian and sentry gates in Camp Crame.
Each PNP personnel was given a QR code, which identifies whether an individual has tested positive or negative.
Without a QR code, policemen may present a medical certificate or fit to work clearance issued by the Health Service.
Visitors without QR codes are required to present government-issued ID, quarantine pass and medical certificate or clearance.
Without a medical certificate, civilians should proceed to holding area and accomplish forms for possible contact tracing. (SunStar Philippines)