A 39-YEAR old female member of the Philippine National Police non-uniformed personnel on Sunday became the 55th COVID-19 fatality in the force, her death coming just hours after two uniformed officers succumbed to the killer virus on Saturday.
The 55th fatality was assigned at the PNP Directorate for Personnel and Records Management which has already recorded a total of 72 COVID-19 cases since March last year, six of them still described as active cases.
PNP chief General Debold M. Sinas, in behalf of the entire police force, offered his deepest sympathies to the bereaved families of the deceased PNP personnel and assured them of financial assistance and immediate release of their benefits.
The top cop also reminded his men to double their protection against the virus.
“If you are not feeling well, immediately seek medical attention. Avail of the free consultation we are offering,” the PNP chief said.
PNP Deputy Chief for Administration and concurrent commander of the Administrative Support for Joint COVID-19 Task Force, Lieutenant Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar said that as of last Sunday, they have already recorded a total of 19,639 COVID-19 cases in the PNP since March last year, 1,930 of them considered as active cases and being monitored by the PNP Health Service.
Lt. Gen. Eleazar said that of the total number of police personnel who have contracted the virus, 17,654 have already recovered from the disease and are now back on duty. The PNP-HS headed by Brigadier Gen. Luisito P. Magnaye recorded 240 new recoveries on Sunday but reported 107 new cases.
He said that the 19,639 comprise 8.9 percent of the total 219,602-strenght of the police force which is seeing to it that all its men and women will be subjected to a swab test.
Eleazar said that of the 55 COVID-19 fatalities in the PNP since March last year, 4 are from the PNP National Headquarters in Camp Crame; 3 from different National Administrative Support Units; 15 from different National Operational Support Units; and 33 from the different Police Regional Offices.