Covid infects 13 other WV cops
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Thirteen other police personnel in the Western Visayas have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the number of Philippine National Police employees infected to 169, as of yesterday, the PNP Health Service said.
Of the 13 police officers, three each are assigned to the provincial ancient police office and the PNP national support units, two each to the PPO headquarters in Capiz and the headquarters of PRO 6, and one each to the police office in the city of Iloilo, and the PPOs of Iloilo and Guimaras.
The PNP health service also reported three recoveries, two of which were assigned to the Aklan PPO and one to the Regional Mobile Force Battalion 6.
The PNP health service has recorded 1,248 confirmed cases of Covid, with 1,079 recoveries and five deaths.
Negros Occidental Provincial Police Office recorded the highest number of officers affected by Covid at 208, followed by Iloilo PPO – 200, Bacolod Town Police Office – 163, RHQ – 126, Aklan PPO – 124, Antique PPO – 109, town of Iloilo Police office – 95, Capiz PPO – 78, NSU – 75, RMFB 6 – 44 and Guimaras PPO – 26.
RECOVERY RATE OF 94.6 PERCENT
Across the country, the PNP said 56 more police officers have recovered from the 2019 coronavirus disease.
In its latest bulletin, the PNP Health Service said this translates to a 94.6% recovery rate from Covid, with 29,699 recoveries out of 31,364 infections since the start of the pandemic last year.
The PNP, however, recorded 138 additional police officers who contracted the virus, bringing its number of active cases to 1,579.
Another policeman succumbed to the disease, bringing the death toll from Covid in the police force to 86.
The latest fatality was a 48-year-old police corporal assigned to eastern Metro Manila, who died of severe acute respiratory illness secondary to Covid-19 on August 2.
“According to the report submitted by the health service, the patient was admitted to a local hospital after experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 on July 23,” PNP chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said in a statement.
Eleazar said the officer immediately underwent a reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction test which gave a positive result.
On July 30, he was admitted to the intensive care unit due to his unstable and critical condition.
He was intubated and hooked up to a mechanical ventilator on August 1, but died the next day from pulmonary failure secondary to Covid-19.
âWe have already spoken to the police chief and asked him to help the family with any needs. I also offer my sincere condolences, âsaid Eleazar.
He said 61,253 or 27.65% of PNP staff are now fully vaccinated against Covid-19 while 56,808 have received the first dose. * with PNA report