Caraga PNP: 16 police officers test positive for coronavirus

Sixteen police officers in the frontline of the campaign against COVID-19 pandemic in Caraga region have been tested positive for the SARS-CoV2 virus which caused the disease. COURIER FILE PHOTO 

There are now 16 members of the national police force who have tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Caraga Police Regional Office (PRO 13) said Monday.

Brig. Gen. Joselito Esquivel Jr., Caraga police director, said 15 out of 16 infected officers are still undergoing medical treatment.

“The accumulative number of PNP Caraga personnel who tested positive in the RT-PCR test for COVID-19 had reached 16 including one cop who had fully covered from the infection,” he said in a statement.

According to Esquivel, most of the officers who have contracted the disease are assigned to quarantine control points and mobile/beat patrols in various parts in the region.

He also revealed at least 27 police personnel so far yielded positive results in the rapid test, all of whom are under strict quarantine in their respective areas, and were waiting for the results of the confirmatory testing under real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) laboratory techniques.

Esquivel assured that the public that all necessary actions were being done to prevent the spread of the virus.

“We remind all our police personnel to ensure always preventive measures and health protocols like washing of hands, wearing of face shields and face masks, and taking vitamins to help boost their immune system,” he said. CLC

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