Cops infected with COVID-19 mostly deployed at checkpoints

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DAVAO CITY — Most members of the police personnel infected with coronavirus-19 are those deployed at the quarantine control points, said Philippine National Police (PNP)chief Police General Archie Francisco Gamboa on Monday.

Gamboa during the press briefing said assured the public that despite the fact that 1,089 police have been infected by the virus, still, the country has enough personnel to safeguard and protect the people.

“Halos lahat ng infection came from those who are manning the quarantine checkpoints. Second hindi mauubos ang pulis, marami kami and then there’s always rotation,” Gamboa said.

He said Camp Crame still has a good number of policemen who will be deployed should the number of police getting COVID-19 increase, “we will deploy and we can afford to re-deploy our PNP personnel,” he added.

Most of the COVID-19 cases in the PNP are asymptomatic.

“Nevertheless, after ma-test, usual protocol — kapag nag-positive ka mag-observe ka ng 14-day quarantine and then i-test ka ulit, I think twice, and then kapag cleared ka pinapa-rest pa rin yata ng mga seven to ten days before you go back on duty,” Gamboa said.

The PNP also recorded a total of 500 recoveries after 30 more patients recovered from the respiratory illness, while the death toll within the PNP remained at nine.

So far, there were 1,422 suspected COVID-19 cases and 670 probable cases in the police organization per records. Newsline

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