Military official, wife and two police officers confirmed positive for COVID-19

Marje Pelayo   •   March 25, 2020   •   218

Military official, wife and two police officers confirmed positive for COVID-19

MANILA, Philippines – A military official and two police officers have tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19), military and police authorities revealed Wednesday (March 24).

According to Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Felimon Santos Jr. confirmed that a military official and his wife contacted novel coronavirus.

General Santos confirmed that the couple had recently travelled overseas though the AFP Chief refused to reveal further details.

The couple has been confined in isolation at the V. Luna Medical Center in Quezon City since March 15.

The AFP leadership has ordered contact tracing to identify the persons with whom the couple interacted.

General Santos said that even though he is currently on self-quarantine — as he himself had interacted with the official in one of their conferences —his condition is stable.

All gates at the AFP Headquarters have been closed except for two gates to closely monitor all individuals entering the camp and curb further infection.

Meanwhile, a member of Manila Police District also tested positive for COVID-19.

This was confirmed by National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) Chief Police Major General Debold Sinas on Wednesday saying the police officer has been considered a patient under investigation (PUI) in March 17.

All persons who had close contact with the Manila cop have been ordered to self-quarantine.

Disinfection was also rendered to the station were the positive case was assigned.

Likewise, one personnel from the Philippine National Police (PNP) Chaplain Service also tested positive for COVID-19.

PNP General Hospital Spokesperson Police Major Duds Santos said the patient is now confined in isolation at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City after he was released from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

 “Improving condition. He was critical a few days ago. Now, wala na siyang life support tinanggal na, (His life support has been taken off),” Santos told reporters.

The patient, Santos said, had no travel history abroad but had interaction with two foreign visitors from Europe.

“We did 100 percent contact tracing with that particular patient,” Santos assured.

“So all of them finished their quarantine because they started March 8. We quarantined them for 14 days and then (they completed on) March 22,“ he concluded. MNP (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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Swiss graffiti artist pays tribute to frontline worker ‘super-heroes’

UNTV News   •   April 7, 2020

Swiss artist David Perez alias “S.I.D.” paid tribute on Sunday (April 5), to the “everyday super-heroes” working on the frontline during the COVID-19 pandemic, by painting a giant portrait representing a cashier on Gland town’s walls.

“Today, I will especially pay tribute to cashiers. They are on the frontline with nurses and others. So, it is for our everyday super-heroes”, the 35 years-old graffiti artist told Reuters.

All the residents of the Swiss town of Gland, located between Lausanne and Geneva, who pass through this underground tunnel can also admire a portrait of a nurse that SID did two weeks ago.

A few meters away, there is now a cashier wearing a mask and scanning a bottle of liquid soap, which took the artist 5 hours to make.

“The symbolic is very strong and this is really beautiful”, said local resident Coline Bovet, who was on a walk with her husband and had the surprise to find SID at work.

The cashier was modelled by one of SID’s friends, 25 years old Manuela Perrone, who does not work at a supermarket but just wanted to pay tribute to workers in contact with the public and possible contamination.

On the bottle of soap that the cashier is holding, the artist wrote “thank you”.

SID said he plans to draw other giant portraits of workers in the coming weeks, such as construction workers or garbage collectors. (REUTERS CONNECT)

(Production: Cecile Mantovani and Denis Balibouse)

PNP to implement 50-50 work scheme due to COVID-19

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 6, 2020

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will implement a 50-50 work scheme among personnel who are based at the national headquarters in Camp Crame.

This is due to the rising number of PNP personnel who have become patients under investigation (PUI) and persons under monitoring (PUM) of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) threat.

The 50-50 work scheme would use 50 percent or the first batch of personnel to go on duty at the administrative office until April 19 while the second batch will go on duty from April 20 to May 3.

According to a memorandum issued on April 4, the heads of offices/units with essential functions shall determine the work scheme applicable to the personnel, as long as they should observe a 14-day self-quarantine/isolation as part of the PNP’s health protocol.

“Maaaring magpatupad sila ng kani-kanilang scheduling para hindi naman maapektuhan ang ating normal functions,” said PNP Spokesperson Bernard Banac.

Meanwhile, police personnel who are aged 45 years old and above will have to be pulled out from the checkpoint areas.

“Mas vulnerable sila sa COVID-19 (They are more vulnerable to COVID-19),” Banac said.

The PNP will also launch Admin Support to COVID-19 Task Force (ASCoTF) to ensure an organized and speedy logistics, response, and development of frontliners.

The PNP has already recorded 19 police personnel that tested positive for COVID-19 with two deaths.

The total number of persons under monitoring (PUMs) in the PNP has already reached more than 1,300. — AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

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UK PM Johnson admitted to hospital as Britain enters third week of lockdown

UNTV News   •   April 6, 2020

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was in hospital in London on Monday (April 6) suffering persistent coronavirus symptoms 10 days after testing positive for the virus, but Downing Street said he remained in charge of the government.

Johnson, 55, had been isolating in Downing Street after testing positive for the virus last month, was taken to hospital on Sunday night because he still had a high temperature and his doctors felt he needed additional tests.

Meanwhile, Britain entered its third week in lockdown with authorities warning they will have to impose further restrictions on outdoor exercise if people continued to flout rules designed to curb transmission of the virus.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said it was “unbelievable” to see a small minority flouting the government’s advice to maintain social-distancing.

Hancock said if people did not follow the rules, which allow people to walk, run or cycle outdoors once a day but not sunbathe, he would have to ban exercise of all forms outside the home.

He said the timetable to ease restrictions – the lockdown exit strategy – could only be agreed once the spread of the coronavirus had been brought under control.

Other European countries such as Italy and France have imposed tougher restrictions on people leaving their homes. (REUTERS CONNECT)

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