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17th cop dies of COVID-19

THE Philippine National Police Health Service on Friday recorded the 17th COVID-19 fatality in the 209,000-strong police force which so far has listed a total of 3,924 officers and men who have recovered from the deadly virus since last March 16.

PNP-HS director, Brigadier General Ronaldo E. Olay described the 17th fatality as a 28-year old Non-Commissioned Officer from the National Capital Region Police Office who succumbed to medical co-morbidities and complications aggravated by the virus last Thursday.

Olay said that as of 6 p.m. Friday, they have recorded 74 new recoveries bringing to 3,924 the number of policemen who have recovered from the disease and are now back to full duty status.
There are a total of 5,329 COVID-19 cases in the police force with 1,388 of them described as ‘active cases.’

There were 44 new cases recorded last Friday including 27 from the NCRPO, 4 from the Police Regional Office 4-A; 7 from the PRO7 in Central Visayas; 1 from PRO8 in Eastern Visayas; 3 from PRO9 in Western Mindanao; and 2 from the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao police force.

NCRPO chief, Major Gen. Debold M. Sinas last Friday unveiled a COVID-19 treatment facility for Metro Manila policemen who have contracted the virus while in the performance of their duties.

The 10-bed capacity Emergency Treatment Facility located inside the NCRPO headquarters in Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City will house police officers in Metro Manila who are experiencing mild to severe COVID-19 symptoms, said the official.

PNP chief, General Camilo Pancratius P. Cascolan earlier announced the opening of another molecular laboratory in Camp Crame which will help speed-up the testing for COVID-19 virus of all police personnel.

The PNP chief said that the laboratory being run by the PNP-HS is the newest PNP-operated testing hub for the detection of COVID-19 infections.

Of the 1,388 ‘active cases,’ 34 are receiving treatment in medical facilities while the rest are under quarantine.

“It should be noted that recovery rate of PNP COVID cases is at 71.6 percent consistent with rates posted on a national scale,” Gen. Cascolan said…