All 66 personnel of the Police Regional Office (PRO) 4-B (Mimaropa) who were considered close contacts of Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Gen. Debold Sinas, have tested negative for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
“The results of the RT-PCR (reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) test conducted have been released and all are negative. Likewise, as of this date, not anyone from the identified close contacts experienced Covid-19 symptoms,” PRO 4-B spokesperson, Lt. Col. Imelda Tolentino, said in a message to reporters on Saturday.
Tolentino said among those who tested negative was PRO 4-B Director, Brig. Gen. Pascual Muñoz Jr.
She said the test was done on the sixth day after Sinas’ command visit to the PRO 4-B headquarters in Oriental Mindoro on March 11 to ensure that the virus would be detected, if there is any. The virus could be detected within five to seven days after exposure.
“This reflects the effective implementation of health protocols by the PNP during the CPNP (Chief PNP) Command Visit,” she added.
Sinas is currently under quarantine after testing positive for the disease last week.