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PNP steps up crackdown on fake COVID-19 test kits and other medical supplies – UNTV News

PNP steps up crackdown on fake COVID-19 test kits and other medical supplies

Robie de Guzman • January 26, 2022 • 19

Manila, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) announced on Wednesday that it will be stepping up its intelligence network following the seizure of 150 million pesos of fake COVID-19 antigen tests, face masks and drugs used to treat COVID symptoms. -19 in a warehouse in Manila.

In a statement, PNP Police Chief General Dionardo Carlos said he had ordered all police units to further monitor stores and warehouses in their areas of responsibility that sell and store medical supplies. not recorded.

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) announced on Monday that it confiscated thousands of Clungene COVID-19 antigen test kits, counterfeit LianHua Chinese herbal medicines and fake 3M N95 face masks during a raid on a warehouse in San Miguel. last January 21.

The authorities also found that intellectual property rights infringed on goods such as clothing from brands such as Nike, Fila, Converse, Adidas, as well as Louis Vuitton and Gucci bags, wallets, phone accessories, etc. A Chinese national, believed to be the owner of the establishment, was arrested during the operation.

“We want to know the extent of their operation given the large number of confiscated items,” Carlos said.

“If these products have not been regulated by government agencies, we don’t know if they are safe to use,” he added.

The head of the PNP pledged to take more aggressive action to curb the proliferation of these products, under the leadership of the Ministry of Health.

“The PNP will wage a crackdown campaign to curb the proliferation of these fake medical items,” Carlos said.

The public is advised to purchase medical items only from licensed pharmacies and other related outlets.

NCR COVID-19 alert status for Pebrero, possibly lost over weekend – Malakanyang

Manila, Philippines – On Malakanyang Weekend over the weekend, the status of COVID-19 alert level was established in the National Capital Region (NCR) for residents of Pebrero.

In 31 years, Alert Level 3 only applies to the NCR.

Ayon kay Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, Head of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) to talk about the NCR’s alert level in the fight against COVID- 19.

Ayon kay Nograles, sisiyasatin IATF hospital bed utilization rate pati average daily attack rate at two-week growth rate of COVID-19 compared to COVID-19.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III was unlikely to be on alert at NCR Alert Level 2, with coronavirus infections trending downward.

Hired for the Philippine Medical Association (PMA), he manages the official publication of health protocols and restrictions related to COVID-19 in the NCR.

“The naming of palagis emphasizes the level of alert and respecting minimum health protocols and natin mapatupad…Important pa rin is magpabakuna tayo,” said Dr. Benito Atienza, the best of the PMA.

“Yun po sinasabi natin na sana hindi matulad po yung pagbaba ng alert bago po mag noel at mag new year na talagang pag alert 2 po eh yung mga tao wala na sila pakundangan na makahawa and mahawa kasi dikit dikit ang mga tao kahit sinabi namin nung una pa na kahit an alert level of gawin natin kung hindi naman nasusunod ang patakaran eh ganun pa rin ang mangyayari”, dagdag pa niya.

Maliban in the NCR, established the Pandemic Task Force which deals with the COVID-19 situation within the framework of analysis and control of the disease.

Specially located in CALABARZON, Central Luzon, Ilocos Region, and Cordillera Administrative Region.

Ayon malakanyang, establish the IATF regional working groups which have determined the COVID-19 bed capacities in all capacities necessary to master the challenges of the case.

Many patients with severe and critical cases need to be admitted to hospital in isolation facilities as they are moderate to mild cases of COVID-19.

PNP pockets more than 90 million pesos worth of illegal drugs and nabs 36 suspects in a series of operations

Manila, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) announced on Wednesday that it had seized more than 90 million pesos worth of illegal drugs in a series of operations this month.

In a statement, the PNP said the week-long Simultaneous Anti-Crime Law Enforcement (SACLEO) operations conducted from January 17 to 23 also resulted in the arrest of 36 prime drug suspects.

These coordinated anti-drug operations included 14 buy-bust operations, 18 service of arrest warrants and two marijuana eradication operations at clandestine cannabis farms in separate locations in different parts of the country, it said. -he adds.

“We scored again in the campaign against illegal drugs. The arrest of drug figures in various parts of the country is a reflection of our intensified strategies to eradicate the supply chain of this illicit activity,” said PNP Police Chief Dionardo Carlos.

The PNP leader also commended the efforts and intelligence gathering of the officers involved in the operation, as well as working with their village counterparts to address the problem of illegal drugs in their community.

“They provided the police with material information so that we could better follow the movements of those who engage in this illegal trade,” Carlos said, referring to an action program called “Double Barrel Finale”.

The PNP said the double barrel finale focuses on drug trafficking and addiction in each barangay. It also seeks to help the community find ways to avoid such a vice and redirect residents’ attention to more productive pursuits.

Carlos pledged to carry out the program during his tenure as head of the PNP.

PH records 3 more deaths among patients with COVID-19 Omicron variant

Manila, Philippines – Three additional deaths among patients who contracted the COVID-19 Omicron variant have been recorded in the country, the Department of Health (DOH) announced on Wednesday.

In a message to reporters, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the additional deaths were elderly and all had underlying medical conditions.

The new deaths brought the death toll from the Omicron variant to five.

“Three are elderly and all have comorbidities. One partially vaccinated, one unvaccinated and the other three are still being checked,” Vergeire said.

The DOH said earlier that the highly transmissible variant of Omicron is now prevalent in Metro Manila and other areas, with its BA.1 and BA.2 subvariants detected in the country.

The agency also pointed out that while the Omicron variant primarily presents with asymptomatic and mild disease, the data showed that the elderly, those with comorbidities and unvaccinated people are still most at risk of death.

The first two deaths linked to the Omicron variant also involved elderly people with comorbidities and not vaccinated against COVID-19.

The DOH said there are 535 confirmed cases of Omicron variants in the country.

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