BAGUIO CITY – (June 25, 2021) – An outbreak of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has hit the Cordillera Philippine National Police Training Center in the city with 98 personnel falling ill as of June 25.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong in a press briefing said the number of cases is expected to increase as testing and contact tracing continue.

He said the 98 are part of the 197 regular officers from various regions participating in the leadership training.  Majority of them came from the Cordillera region.

The mayor said most of the patients had mild symptoms and that all necessary measures had been undertaken to implement medical intervention, isolation, quarantine of the close contacts, disinfection and other measures to contain the spread of the infection.

The mayor said some lapses in protocols were noted in the place notably the lack of proper ventilation and physical distancing.

All activities had been suspended in the facility now placed under total lockdown for 14 days.

In October last year, a similar outbreak occurred at another training center in the city affecting more than 200 new police recruits. – Aileen P. Refuerzo