THE Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday recorded its 71st COVID-19 death: a 47-year old Police Non-Commissioned Officer from the Police Regional Office 11 in Southern Mindanao.
The cop assigned at the Davao Oriental Police Provincial Office passed away in a local hospital on Sunday due to pneumonia aggravated by the virus. He is yet to get the vaccine too.
His death came a week after the 70th PNP fatality due to COVID-19 was recorded, a 34-year-old police corporal from the PNP Special Action Force F unit in Surigao del Sur.
The SAF trooper was declared dead by his attending physician due to cardio-pulmonary arrest secondary to cerebral dysfunction secondary to vasculitis secondary to Sars-Cov2 infection.
The RT-PCR test conducted on the officer before he passed away yielded a positive result for COVID-19.
“Muli, taos-puso po akong nakikiramay sa pamilya ng ating pulis na namatay dahil sa Covid-19. Sa araw-araw na pakikipaglaban ng ating mga pulis sa naturang sakit, ang liderato ng PNP ay nagsusumikap na bigyan ng kaukulang pansin ang pagbabakuna para sa ating mga pulis,” PNP chief, General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar said.
As of Monday, the PNP Health Service headed by Brigadier Gen. Luisito P. Magnaye recorded an additional 164 new cases of COVID-19 in the force bringing the total cases of virus transmission in the PNP to 25,886 since March last year.
The PNP-HS is also monitoring a total of 1, 865 ‘active cases’ although it recorded an additional 89 recoveries on Monday bringing to a total of 23,930 the number of police personnel who have fully recovered from the disease and are now back in full duty status.