MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday reported 179 confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infections among its personnel, as 39 more police officers tested positive for the virus.
Based on its updated monitoring report on Wednesday evening, the PNP Health Service (PNPHS) said of the total, 57 have recovered, four died, while 118 active cases are undergoing supportive health care by PNP doctors.
It added that of the 118 Covid-19-positive patients, 91 are in quarantine facilities, six are confined in hospitals, and 21 are under home quarantine.
The police force has ramped up mass testing among its front-liners and expects the number of positive cases to rise in the next few days due to pending results of some confirmatory tests.
“We are also keeping tab of 638 PNP personnel categorized as probable cases while a total of 390 personnel were classified as suspect cases,” the PNPHS noted in its report.
A total of 1,681 PNP personnel have completed self or home quarantine under strict monitoring and medical observation.
Meanwhile, PNP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said law enforcement and public safety operations would continue in quarantine control points, streets, and major thoroughfares with the implementation of the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) in the National Capital Region, Cebu City, and Laguna province from May 16 to 31.
Banac said as of Wednesday, 48,676 individuals had been arrested, 15,892 had been fined, and 105,692 had been warned for violating ECQ protocols.
Reports showed that about 822 persons were arrested for hoarding, profiteering, and manipulating the prices of medical products and other essentials, while 11,632 were apprehended for violating the prohibition on public transport operations during the ECQ period.
“Police front-liners are also keen on the implementation of physical distancing and prohibition of gathering of persons, such as illegal cockfight, card games, mahjong, and drinking sessions in public places and streets,” Banac said. (IA/PNA)