Covid-19 deaths among police rise to 12

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A 49-YEAR-OLD female police personnel has succumbed to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), increasing the death toll in the Philippine National Police (PNP) to 12.

The latest fatality was from the PNP finance service. She died on August 4.

As of August 8, there were 2,459 policemen who tested positive for the virus that causes Covid-19. More than half, or 1,494, have recovered.

The PNP Health Service is also monitoring 2,584 suspected and 875 probable cases of Covid-19 among police personnel.

To improve the National Capital Region Police Office’s (NCRPO) Covid-19 preparedness and response plan, NCRPO Director Debold Sinas led a dialogue on Saturday, August 8, with doctors.

Among the topics discussed were the safety measures during the conduct of quarantine control points, social distancing patrol and dealing with community quarantine violators.

Sinas said medical specialists recommended some strategies to curb the spread of Sars-CoV-2 in the National Capital Region, as follows:

  • Removal of disinfectant/decontamination tent;
  • Improvement of contact tracing through information technology;
  • No need for thermal scanner at quarantine control points;
  • High-risk PNP personnel, vulnerable and poor people be prioritized in swab testing;
  • Quarantine violators will be made to render community service such as cleaning and planting;
  • Regular vaccination against flu and pneumonia; and
  • Daily checklist and health declaration to be monitored by a Covid manager per police station

“We will strictly enforce and implement the policies and guidelines set by the IATF for all the men and women of NCRPO to include the experts’ recommendations,” Sinas said.

“At the end of the day, the health and welfare of our personnel is our paramount concern because their safety equates (to) the safety of the people we serve,” he added.

Earlier, PNP Chief Archie Gamboa said over 900 of the confirmed Covid-19 cases among the police are from the NCR.

They were deployed as frontliners manning control points and conducting patrols to ensure that health protocols such as social distancing and wearing of face masks are followed.

Other police regional offices with a high number of Covid-19 cases are Central Visayas, Calabarzon and Central Luzon.

A total of 63,418 policemen were deployed to man checkpoints and implement Covid-19 response guidelines, according to Joint Task Force Covid Shield commander Guillermo Eleazar.

They were augmented by 10,968 personnel from the Bureau of Fire Protection and Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Some 3,000 policemen who completed medical-related courses are also deployed to man the quarantine facilities that the PNP manages in Ultra in Pasig and PICC. (SunStar Philippines)


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