By Aaron Recuenco
A police sergeant assigned to the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) died three days before the result of his COVID-19 test is released, authorities confirmed on Sunday.
Based on the information from the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), the policeman, with a rank of Staff Sergeant, died in a hospital in Manila on March 14.
“His COVID-19 test result will be out on March 17, 2020,” the police report read.
NCRPO director Maj. Gen. Debold Sinas said the police sergeant has a pre-diagnosed illness of diabetes.
“He began to experience severe coughing three months ago but did not seek medical attention. Last March 4, he complained of inflamed tonsil to his daughter,” Sinas said.
The following day, the police sergeant and his wife went to a hospital in Pasay City for medical attention. After the check-up, they went to Cavite.
On March 7, the police sergeant was taken to a hospital in Cavite and was diagnosed with fever and viral infection. But he was not admitted.
On March 8, Sinas said the police sergeant went back to Manila from Cavite with his family.
“Last March 9 in the evening, he was brought to a hospital in Manila and was admitted. Diagnosis was tonsil infection and possibly pneumonia. He has been confined in the same hospital since then,” said Sinas.
At around 8 p.m. on March 14, Sinas said the police sergeant died due to respiratory failure.
Policemen has been at the frontline of the government’s COVID-19 response, especially in Metro Manila which was earlier declared to be under community quarantine.
Sinas said the cadaver of the policemen is expected to be cremated on March 20.