Cop dies of COVID-19

THE Philippine National Police yesterday confirmed the death of one of its members earlier listed as a Person Under Monitoring (PUM) for COVID-19 exposure.

PNP spokesman, Brigadier General Bernard M. Banac said the cop whose name was withheld succumbed to cardiac arrest. The policeman had a history of exposure to a COVID-positive person and has been on self-quarantine for a week before he died.

Banac said the remains of the policeman will be cremated within 12 hours following protocols set by the Department of Health.

The official said that the PNP is also observing all DOH-prescribed protocols in managing  three confirmed COVID-19 cases involving police personnel.

He said that a 3rd policeman, a 35-year old resident of Pasay City tested positive for COVID-19 bringing to three the total number of police personnel infected by the deadly virus as of yesterday.

The case of the 3rd policeman was confirmed by the PNP Health Service following official test results released by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine.

The two other confirmed COVID-19 cases in the PNP are from Manila and Laguna.

The PNP said that as of yesterday, there are 97 police personnel composed of 21 Police Commissioned Officers and 72 Police Non-Commissioned Officers who have been considered as Persons Under Investigation and 1,228 others composed of 246 officers and the rest non-officers who were listed as PUMs.

“All these police personnel have been ordered to go on self-quarantine isolation for further observation subject to possible testing as may be determined by parameters set by DOH,” said Banac.