The Philippine National Police (PNP) has recorded its 53rd fatality from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) as the number of infected police personnel remains high since the middle of last month.
Lt. Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar, PNP deputy chief for Administration and commander of the Administrative Support on COVID-19 Task Force (ASCOTF), said the latest fatality was a Police Commissioned Officer assigned to the Maritime Group.
The 54-year old police official died on April 24, or a few days after a police captain assigned in Bulacan also died of health complications after being infected by the coronavirus.
Based on the latest data of the PNP Health Service, a total of 141 PNP personnel were infected based on the consolidated reports that was released on Saturday—three of them were cases of reinfection.
The new cases brought to 2,065 the total number of active cases in the PNP.
The PNP has so far recorded 19,536 COVID-19 cases, a total of 17, 418 of them were able to fully recover. On Saturday, the PNP reported 128 new recoveries.
COVID-19 cases in the PNP has been consistently low, until in the middle of last month when it started to record an upsurge of cases. The highest recorded infection in the PNP in one day was also last month with more than 300. The new daily infections remain over 100.