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PNP to continue enforcing quarantine measures as COVID-19 cases rise to 89 within its ranks

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Tuesday said it will continue to observe strict quarantine measures in Metro Manila and other areas under a community quarantine, after it confirmed 89 new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases within its ranks.

In a statement, the PNP added there are 559 suspected and 199 probable cases in the police force, making a total of 847 personnel with at least probable COVID-19 cases.

As of 12 p.m. on April 28, PNP Health Service Director Police Brigadier General Herminio Tadeo Jr., announced a total of 13 recoveries and three deaths.

“The PNP under the command of Police General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa will be firm in standing by our President Rodrigo Roa Duterte that for us to win this war vs COVID-19, we need to impose on all Filipinos strict ECQ and GCQ measures as well as lead the thorough contact tracing and isolation of possible COVID-19 patients in the country. We need everybody’s cooperation as we strictly impose the law in this time of National Emergency,” said PNP Spokesperson Police Brigadier General Bernard Banac.

The PNP cited public approval of strict quarantine measures as shown in the latest poll by the consultancy firm EON and research firm Tangere with 9 of 10 Filipinos having high trust in Duterte and the government amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The President got a 94.03% trust rating, according to the poll.

Government agencies on the frontline against the pandemic also got high trust marks, the PNP noted. The Department of Health got 84.79%, the Department of Interior and Local Government received 82.19% and the Department of Social Welfare and Development got 74.89%, according to the poll.

The PNP encouraged the public from all sectors for continued support and compliance on all quarantine measures for the country to stop the spread of the virus and to move towards following government regulations on General Community Quarantine. -MDM, GMA News