12 Coast Guard personnel recovering from COVID-19

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 26 2020 06:26 PM

MANILA-- Twelve personnel of the Philippine Coast Guard are still recuperating from COVID-19, its commandant, Vice Admiral George Ursabia, Jr. said Friday.

Fifty-four PCG personnel tested positive for COVID-19, Ursabia said but 42 already recovered from the respiratory disease.

"Ang kagandahan dito, puro sila asymptomatic eh, asymptomatic sila kaya we are positive na—or optimistic na makaka-recover lahat ito," he said in a virtual press briefing.

(The good thing is they are all asymptomatic so we are optimistic that they will all recover.)

The PCG has been ferrying stranded individuals to Visayas and Mindanao as well as medical supplies needed for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ursabia said the PCG is implementing strict COVID-19 precautionary measures to avoid transmission of the disease. Frontliners are swabbed for COVID-19 testing, he added.

"We have our own biosafety protocol at of course ini-strengthen din namin iyong mga psychosocial support through debriefing at saka distressing programs," he said.

As of June 26, the Philippines has confirmed 34,073 COVID-19 cases. This includes 1,224 deaths and 9,182 recoveries.