Baby boy dies of COVID-19 in Bataan

Ric Sapnu - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — An 11-month-old boy has died of COVID-19 in Bataan.

The provincial health office said the baby boy from Dinalupihan town reportedly died while being treated in a hospital.

The baby is among the six COVID deaths recorded in Bataan on Tuesday. Two women and three men aged between 51 to 78 are the other fatalities.

Bataan was placed under enhanced community quarantine as the number of COVID cases, including the highly infectious Delta variant, continues to increase.

Meanwhile, a police official assigned in Oriental Mindoro died of COVID-19 on Sunday, a day after he was brought to a hospital in Calapan City.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) said the 48-year-old patient with the rank of lieutenant colonel died as hospital workers were preparing to transfer him to the intensive care unit.

The police official got his first dose of China-made Sinovac on July 23.

Fifty-eight PNP personnel have died of COVID-19 since January.

There are 1,812 active cases in the PNP after 114 more police personnel tested positive for the virus yesterday.

65 Central Visayas cops infected

In Central Visayas, 65 policemen tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday.

Brig. Gen. Ronnie Montejo said many of those who contracted the virus are from the PNP Training Center in Consolacion town in Cebu.

There are 104 active cases among members of the regional police force.

Last week, the deputy station commander of the Asturias police station died of COVID-19.

In Pangasinan, Mayor Priscilla Espino of Bugallon placed the municipal building on lockdown until Aug. 15 after several local government employees were found infected. – Emmanuel Tupas, Iris Hazel Mascardo/The Freeman, Eva Visperas

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