By Christopher Lloyd Caliwan
MANILA: The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Thursday reported 114 confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases among its personnel, as two more police officers tested positive of the virus.
In a statement, the PNP Health Service (PNPHS) said recent test results from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) showed the two new cases are both males, aged 32 and 29 years old, assigned in the National Capital Region.
Meanwhile, the number of fatalities in the police increased to four, following the death of a 48-year-old policeman from Parañaque who earlier tested positive for Covid-19 and has an underlying kidney illness.
The PNPHS is also keeping a close watch on 369 personnel categorized as probable cases while a total of 375 personnel were classified as suspect cases.
At present, a total of 1,217 PNP personnel have completed home quarantine under strict monitoring and medical observation.
Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Herminio Tadeo Jr., PNPHS Director, said that six doctors, nine nurses, and 21 Medical Reserve Force (MRF) personnel will manage the operations of the 132-bed Quarantine facility at the Philsports Arena located in Pasig City.
The quarantine facility will be managed and operated by the PNP Health Service under the supervision of DOH and IATF-MEID.
The 36 personnel will also be divided into three groups. Weekly shifts of personnel will take turns manning the quarantine hub alternately in between two weeks of quarantine.
The quarantine facility will admit persons with mild to moderate cases of Covid-19.