Covid claims lives of 2 cops; total now at 91


TWO more policemen died from Covid-19, raising the death among police personnel to 91 as of Sunday due to the virus, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said.

The PNP Health Service reported that that the two were a 49-year-old captain assigned in Northern Mindanao and a 51-year-old executive master sergeant assigned in Calabarzon.

Based on medical records, the police captain experienced cough and fever from July 26 to July 28. He was advised to isolate and undergo an RT-PCR test that yielded positive results.

On July 30, he was admitted to a nearby hospital and underwent a chest tube thoracostomy, but expired on August 6 as his oxygen level continued to decrease.

On the other hand, the executive master sergeant exhibited Covid-19 symptoms and was admitted on August 9 to a hospital where he died two days later.

Lt. Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar said the policeman from Calabarzon received his first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine on July 19.

As of Sunday, the PNP Health Service has tallied 131 new cases in the police force, bringing the total cases to 32,364 with 1,959 active cases while 85 new recoveries were logged raising the total number of recovered personnel to 30,314.

The PNP said 77,735 of its personnel or 35.05 percent have been fully vaccinated while 90,230 or 40.68 percent have already received their first dose of vaccine.

With the figure, only 53,817 or 24.27 percent of the PNP manpower has not been vaccinated.

Meanwhile, the PNP reported that at least 19,465 curfew violators have been apprehended in Metro Manila as of Saturday since the enhanced community quarantine was imposed on August 6.

In the NCR Plus or including the adjoining provinces, at least 35,546 violators were apprehended during the same period.

The PNP said that its personnel has also apprehended 4,098 non-authorized person outside of residence (Apor) violators in Metro Manila and another 10,281 in the NCR Plus.

The curfew and non-APOR violators have either been warned, fined or filed with charges.

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