PNP chief positive for COVID-19

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    PNP chief Debold Sinas tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday, according to PNP spokesman Brig. Gen. Ildebrandi Usana.

    Usana said Sinas immediately went on quarantine at the Kiangan treatment facilities at Camp Crame when he learned of his positive test.

    “He tested positive but he is asymptomatic, thus he went on isolation immediately… But he is okay, no cause for worry,” Usana said.

    Sinas has designated the PNP’s No. 2 man, PNP Deputy Chief for Administration Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar as officer-in-charge while he is under quarantine.

    After two of days of less than 3,000 new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases, the Department of Health yesterday reported 3,749 infections, the highest since last September, and 63 more deaths.

    In its latest bulletin, the DOH said the total number of cases in the country has risen to 607,048 and deaths now totaling 12,608 for a case fatality rate of 2.08 percent.

    There were 406 more recoveries, raising the number of survivors to 47,769. The DOH said this means 90.1 percent of patients had recovered.

    But there remained 47,769 active cases, of which 91.6 percent are mild cases, 4.4 percent asymptomatic cases, 1.6 percent severe cases, 1.6 percent critical cases, and 0.77 percent moderate cases.

    Four more overseas Filipinos have tested positive for the deadly virus, bringing the total to 15,874, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs.

    There were five new recoveries, raising the number to 9,553, and no new deaths.

    The current death toll among overseas Filipinos is 1,041. – With Gerard Naval and Ashzel Hachero