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Eleazar to cops: brace for possible ECQ extension



National Police chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar called on ground commanders to ensure that their units will be prepared for the possible extension of the enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila.

Ground commanders should look after the welfare and safety of police personnel, especially if the ECQ is extended, Eleazar said in a statement.

“Tiyaking ligtas at maayos ang kalagayan ng ating kapulisan. Dapat ay may rotation sa deployment at kumpleto ang kanilang protective gear gaya ng face masks at face shields,” he said.

Metro Manila is presently under ECQ from August 6 to 20 to curb the spread of the more infectious COVID-19 Delta variant.

The Department of Health, however, said the imposition of the strictest form of quarantine in the metropolis could be extended due to the increasing number of COVID-19 infections.

It said the matter will be discussed by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

Eleazar assured that the PNP is prepared to enforce ECQ rules should the national government decide to extend that quarantine status.

On Wednesday, the PNP chief inspected various facilities in Metro Manila where the government’s cash aid, or “ayuda,” is being distributed. Policemen were deployed to such facilities to ensure that health protocols are not violated.

Meanwhile, Eleazar announced the PNP’s 88th death to COVID-19.

The latest lawman to die of the disease was a 48-year-old lieutenant colonel from Oriental Mindoro who tested positive of COVID-19 last August 7, he said.

That policeman received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine last July 23, according to Eleazar.

After testing positive, the policeman was brought to a nearby hospital but expired the next day due to acute respiratory distress syndrome,” he said.

Eleazar extended sympathies to the fatality’s family and assured support from the PNP.

As of Wednesday, some 114 new COVID cases were recorded in the PNP. This raised the number of active cases to 1,812 and the total cases to 31,799.

Seventy-seven PNP personnel have recovered from the disease, bringing the total of recoveries to 29,899. (