MANILA – Police commanders have been directed to regularly disinfect their stations to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar’s directive came after at least 22 police officers contracted Covid-19 in Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan while a police station in Arevalo, Iloilo City was placed on lockdown after 13 police officers got infected with the virus.
He also reminded police personnel to be extra cautious and also to look after their own health and safety.
“Bahagi na ng pagtupad ng tungkulin ng inyong kapulisan ang panganib na mahawa sa coronavirus. Sa panig ng PNP, nananatiling matatag and aming support system para sa aming front-liners, mula sa protective gears hanggang sa atensyong medical kapag sila ay nahawa (As the police force continues to perform its duty, the danger of contracting coronavirus is ever present. On the part of the PNP, we have a strong support system for our front-liners, from providing them protective gears to giving them medical attention once they contract Covid-19),” Eleazar said.
He also renewed his call for PNP personnel to get vaccinated against Covid-19.
“Sa ngayon, 21.6 percent na ng mga kapulisan ang nabakunahan at least once and 6.5 percent naman ang fully vaccinated na (At present, 21.6 percent of police officers have been vaccinated with the first dose of Covid-19 vaccine while 6.5 percent have been fully vaccinated.
As of Thursday, the total number of Covid-19 cases in the PNP has reached 28,625.
Some 139 new recoveries were reported bringing the total number of recoveries to 27,065. Active cases also climbed to 1,460 with 123 new infections.
Another police officer succumbed to the disease, raising the death toll to 76.
Eleazar vowed that the PNP leadership will extend all assistance to personnel infected with Covid-19 to help them in their recovery. (PNA)