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Cops with COVID now 3.7K

THE number of police officers infected with the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has reached 3,751.

As of 6 p.m. Thursday, the Philippine National Police (PNP) Health Service reported 82 new confirmed Covid-19 cases among its ranks.

Meanwhile, a total of 2,629 personnel have recovered from the disease while the death toll remains at 16.

It is also monitoring 851 probable cases and 2,908 suspected cases.

Most of the confirmed cases were from the National Capital Region (NCR) and were deployed as front-liners to patrol and quarantine checkpoint duties.

Earlier, PNP chief, Gen. Archie Gamboa, said the Central Visayas, Calabarzon, and the Central Luzon police offices follow the NCR in terms of areas with the most number of COVID-19 cases among cops.

Cops tested for COVID-19 would observe a 14-day quarantine and undergo another test. Once cleared, they have to rest for seven to 10 more days before going back to duty. PNA