2 police officers die of COVID-19: PNP


Posted at Apr 03 2020 03:30 PM | Updated as of Apr 03 2020 03:33 PM

MANILA - The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday said 2 of its personnel have died after a bout with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). 

Among the fatalities are policemen assigned in Laguna and Metro Manila, PNP said in a statement. 

The first fatality was a 46-year-old officer who died on March 27, with his COVID-19 result released only a week later. 

The second one died Thursday, April 2. The PNP said the patient experienced high fever last March 19 and was admitted to a nearby hospital, where he later tested positive for the virus. 

Bereaved families are assured of social benefits and "full financial support," PNP chief Gen. Archie Gamboa said. 

The PNP said some 13 personnel have tested positive for the disease, 209 were regarded as persons under investigation while 1,600 were considered persons under monitoring. 

Nine PNP personnel labeled as PUIs have been admitted to the national police's quarantine facility - the Kiangan Billeting Center - where they would undergo self-quarantine. 

As of Thursday, April 2, there are 2,633 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the Philippines. 

Luzon has been placed on enhanced community quarantine, keeping people indoors while suspending school, transport and work. Health workers and other frontliners, such as police officers, meanwhile continue to go on duty amid the virus threat.