THE Quezon City Police District Headquarters (QCPD HQ) was placed under a three-day lockdown after 14 of its personnel tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
“We opt to implement all possible measures to ensure their safety and guarantee that they are in their optimum health condition as they go to the frontline to face the unseen deadly virus,” BGen. Ronnie Montejo, QCPD Chief, said in a statement.
Lt. Johanna Sazon told The Manila Times that the lockdown, which began on May 9, will end on May 12.
Police conducted group testing from April 25 to 29 on 219 personnel.
Of the total, 14 employees tested positive for Covid-19 infection. The others are awaiting the results.
The QCPD said there were about 1,563 employees inside Camp Karingal in Quezon City, including the Regional Support Units.
One of the patients wo tested positive was a member of the Joint Task Force-National Capital Region while the remaining 13 were from QCPD.
Nine of the 13 are police commissioned officers while four are non-commissioned.
Police disclosed that 10 were presently assigned to the District Headquarters in Camp Karingal. The three others were assigned to the QCPD police community precincts.
Meanwhile, Montejo who tested negative anew, will temporarily hold his office at the Kamuning Police Station 10.
“We pledge all the necessary support that we can provide to alleviate the impact of this crisis at QCPD,” he said.