THE number of Philippine National Police officers and men who have contracted the COVID-19 virus has risen to 905, the PNP Health Service said yesterday as General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa gave assurances they are fully addressing concerns over the physical and mental state of the police since the start of the Enhanced Community Quarantine last March.
On the bright side, 418 policemen have already recovered from the disease which has already claimed the lives of nine PNP members, PNP-HS director, Brigadier Gen. Herminio S. Tadeo Jr. said.
The PNP-HS also recorded a total of 684 Probable Persons Under Investigation and 1,238 Suspected PUIs. As of 6 p.m. Monday, the PNP-HS said there were six new recorded cases in the force, one a Non-Uniformed Personnel from the National Headquarters; two from the National Capital Region Police Office; two from the Police Regional Office 7 in Central Visayas and one from the Police Regional Office in Bangsamoro Administrative Region.
The five from the NCRPO, PRO7 and PRO-BAR are all Police Non-Commissioned Officers.
The majority of the COVID-19 victims in the PNP are from the NCRPO and the PRO7.
A RT/PCR facility to test members of the police force for the virus is already operational in Camp Crame while the construction of a similar testing facility in Cebu City is in progress.
Gen. Gamboa said they are doing everything to address COVID-19 concerns in the PNP whose men are fighting criminality and enforcing quarantine rules at the same time in order to prevent the further spread of the killer COVID-19 virus in the country.
“All situations are being considered including the very possibility that our men will be infected by the virus as well as the need to assess their state of mind regularly, That’s the work of the administrative task force on COVID-19,” he said.
He was referring to the PNP Administrative Support to CoVid-19 Operations Task Force headed by PNP Deputy Chief for Administration, Lieutenant Gen. Camilo Pancratius P. Cascolan who is very busy supervising all PNP effort to ensure the protection of their men manning Quarantine Control Points nationwide.
The PNP chief on Monday said that the NCRPO posted the highest number of cases at 354, followed by PRO7 with 248 cases. Next are the PNP National Support Units with 81 cases, and PRO4-A in Calabarzon region with 69 cases. Incidentally, PRO7 posted the 830 suspected cases that are awaiting confirmatory testing, the PNP chief said.