178 infected cop trainees in BARMM end quarantine

COTABATO CITY

At least 178 trainees for police enlistment and three for regular officers in the Police Regional Office of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PRO-BARMM) would end today, Friday after they were found positive of the COVID-19 virus.

In a virtual press briefing on Wednesday, BARMM Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF) spokesperson Mohammad Asnin Pendatun explained that 181 applicant-trainees has to undergo the quarantine in prelude to proper training and eventual entry to the police force.

“Part po nung kanilang requirements ay RT-PCR test at doon po nalaman na sila ay positibo sa Covid-19,” Pendatun was quoted as saying in a statement from the BARMM’s Bureau of Public Information (BPI).

“Hindi po affected ang operations sa PRO-BARMM, although may changes, because of the health protocols and other guidelines na kailangan sundin in view of Covid-19 situation,” he added.

The BARMM’s Ministry of Health, on order of its OIC-Minister Dr. Ameril Usman, would look further into the cases, the BPI said. 

The Maguindanao Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) will also do separate round of health assessment and intensive contact tracing to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 in regards to the discovered infection among trainees.

Meanwhile, the BPI said, Tawi-Tawi, Basilan and Lamitan City had recorded no new Covid-19 case as of Tuesday, November 3, while rest of the provinces in the Bangsamoro region registered 33.

As approved by the President effective November 1-30, 2020, the National IATF placed Lanao del Sur under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) and rest of BARMM to Modified General Community Quarantine, the BPI said.

In spite of the upsurge earlier, BIATF sees decreasing trend on the daily Covid-19 case monitoring.

In pursuit of the global watch on Covid-19, the BARMM government launched a behavior change drive dubbed “BIDA Solusyon sa Covid-19,” which compels constituents to comply with minimum public health standards, the BPI said.

A total of 540 active cases, with 1,487 recoveries and 72 related deaths were recorded in BARMM as of Nov. 3, the regional media outfit said.

ALI G. MACABALANG

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