By Aaron Recuenco
A policeman from Cebu was the latest fatality of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in the Philippine National Police (PNP), bringing the number of deaths to eight while a total of 499 cops were infected.
PNP chief Gen. Archie Gamboa said the continuous rise of COVID-positive in Cebu has prompted him to order a speedy construction and accreditation of a testing facility in Central Visayas.
“The last three (fatalities) came from Cebu so we are rushing the construction and accreditation of a testing facility there in order to address this,” said Gamboa.
Based on the latest data from the PNP Health Service, 43 more policemen were added to the list of those who tested positive for the coronavirus. The total number of infected since Day One of the outbreak is now 499.
But the data also revealed that there were 288 cases of recovery which Gamboa said reports as 60 percent of those infected in the police organization.
“A total of 155 of those who fully recovered were already restored to full-duty, fit-to-work status,” said Gamboa.
“The rest of those who recovered are just awaiting completion of the required quarantine and monitoring period,” he added.
Gamboa said the high number of infected policemen was due to the continuous law enforcement operations and the police involvement in enforcing quarantine measures.
And in order to further protect the policemen from coronavirus infection, Gamboa said they are now reformulating police response procedures.
Based on the latest PNP data, a total of 661 policemen are considered as probable cases of COVID-19 while 85 are classified as suspected COVID-9 cases.