PNP operatives are particularly exposed to the coronavirus disease while manning quarantine checkpoints across the country.
MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) reported that 46 more police officers contracted the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), bringing the total number of cases among its ranks to 861.
As of Saturday evening, the PNP Health Service said that of new cases, 25 are from the Police Regional Office (PRO)-Central Visayas; 19 from National Capital Region Police Office; and one each from PRO-Central Luzon and PRO-Davao Region.
Meanwhile, 407 PNP personnel have already recovered from the disease while the death toll stands at nine.
The PNP Health Service is also monitoring 746 probable cases and 1,151 suspected cases.
The PNP is currently waiting for the approval of the Department of Health regarding a suitable site for the proposed testing laboratory in Central Visayas.
On May 26, the PNP opened its first Covid-19 testing laboratory at Camp Crame in Quezon City. The facility is capable of conducting 150 tests per day.
The PNP personnel are among the front-liners implementing the quarantine measures to stop the spread of the Covid-19.
As of July 4, the country has a total of 41,830 confirmed Covid-19 cases, with 11,453 recoveries and 1,290 deaths, according to the health authorities. (PNA)