Over 1,000 police personnel have been infected by the coronavirus, the Philippine National Police (PNP) announced on Thursday, July 9.
In its COVID-19 advisory, the PNP reported 1,006 coronavirus cases among its ranks, including 455 recoveries and 9 deaths.
New cases were recorded in Central Visayas, Metro Manila, and Calabarzon.
The police is also monitoring 1,252 suspected and 651 probable COVID-19 cases.
The development came months after the PNP opened its own testing facility in Camp Crame in May. The facility has the capacity to test up to 150 personnel a day.
The rise in cases among the police coincided with the spike of infections all over the country after lockdown restrictions were eased by the government in an effort to reinvigorate the economy.
Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.