PNP confirms 2 police deaths due to COVID-19

Aileen Cerrudo

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has confirmed that two of their police personnel died due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

In a statement, PNP Spokesperson Bernard Banac said the two fatalities were PNP’s patient number 13 (PNP-13), a 46 year old policeman, assigned in Laguna and patient number 8 (PNP-8), a 48 year old policeman, assigned in Metro Manila. 

“PNP-13 was listed as Person Under Monitoring and died last March 27 due to cardiac arrest. A post mortem examination was done and a week after his swab test, the result was released that he was positive of Covid-19,” Banac reported.

“PNP-8 died yesterday, April 2. While on his duty last March 19, the patient experienced high fever and immediately admitted to nearby hospital. He was then tested positive of the virus,” he added.

Banac also said that PNP Chief Police General Archie Francisco Gamboa assured they will provide full financial support and social benefits to the families of the two police personnel.

Meanwhile, there are 13 police personnel who tested positive for COVID-19 with a total of 209 are recommended as Persons Under Investigation (PUI) while 1,600 personnel are Persons Under Monitoring (PUMs).

“Biosafety protocols such as decontamination and provision of minimum Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for all PNP health workers in the building is strictly implemented,” the PNP said. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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