COVID-19 cases in Navotas City most probably due to ‘asymptomatic’ transmission — LGU

Marje Pelayo   •   July 6, 2020   •   170

NAVOTAS CITY, Philippines — Confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Navotas City have reached a total of 676 with 38 fresh cases on Sunday (July 6), the highest recorded in a single day. 

To date, the city has 335 active cases, 287 recoveries and 54 deaths.

The barangay with the highest number of infection is Barangay NBBS Dagat-Dagatan with 50 confirmed cases, including six staff.

This prompted the local government to place the barangay hall under lockdown until July 18. 

It covers all residential units within the 50-meter zone. 

Only essential workers like those working at Navotas Fish Port are allowed to go out.

According to Mayor Toby Tianco, 85 percent of the positive cases in the city were asymptomatic or not showing any physical indications of the infection.

“Wala silang sipon, wala silang ubo, wala silang lagnat, hindi sila nahihirapang huminga, (No colds, no cough, no fever, no difficulty breathing),” noted Mayor Tiangco. 

“Iyan ang problema sa COVID-19 kaya’t madami tayo ng mga kaso na magkakapamilya o magkakasama sa trabaho (That’s the problem with COVID-19 which resulted in more cases of transmission among family members or co-workers),” he said. 

To date, the city hall has administered more than 6,000 swab tests. 

Tiangco advises his constituents to strictly refrain from visiting family or friends for now, especially if there are senior citizens or individuals who are immunocompromised as they are the ones vulnerable to the infection. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

PNP won’t arrest quarantine violators in first 3 days of MECQ period

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 6, 2020

The Philippine National Police (PNP) said they will not conduct any arrest during the first three days of the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

PNP Chief PGen. Archie Gamboa said they will implement maximum tolerance at all times and will only serve warnings to quarantine violators during the three-day headstart. This would give the public time to adjust to the National Capital Region’s shift to MECQ.

“Bibigyan natin ang publiko ng swift warning on the first initial days of violations kasi kung nag-adjust ang PNP, nag-aadjust din sila and ang reminder ko lang ay maximum tolerance on the part of the PNP especially the women and elderly kung may lalabas man na elderly (We will give the public a swift warning in the first initial days of violations because if the PNP has to adjust, so do they. My only reminder is maximum tolerance on the part of the PNP especially for the women and the elderly),” he said.

The PNP Chief also reminds the public to cooperate with authorities and not provoke any officers.

“Sana naman the public will cooperate, para hindi mapilitan ang PNP na mag impose ng regulation. So please, we want the cooperation of the public para maiwasan natin ang confrontation sa checkpoint (I hope the public will cooperate and not force the PNP to impose regulation. So we want the cooperation of the public to avoid confrontation at checkpoints),” Gamboa said.

Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Bulacan have been placed under MECQ until August 18. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)

PH Navy redeploys troops at MECQ checkpoints

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 6, 2020

The Philippine Navy on Tuesday (August 4) redeployed its troops to man quarantine checkpoints in areas under the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ).

The troops are set to aid other law enforcement agencies in ensuring an orderly and strict implementation of quarantine guidelines to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“The Philippine Navy with the help of its stakeholders will also double its efforts to help the national government combat this unprecedented global pandemic,” the Philippine Navy said in a statement. AAC

Face shields required for public transport passengers starting August 15

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 5, 2020

To protect public transport commuters against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), they will be required to wear face shields, beginning August 15, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said.

Based on a memorandum circular of the DOTr, transport sector leaders are directed to implement a “no-face shield, no- ride” policy which will be effective in areas under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) and Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ).

DOTr Spokesperson Goddes Hope Libiran said transmission is very critical in public transportation.

“Nag-add tayo ng stricter health and sanitation protocol, iyong pagsusuot ng full-face shield sa pasahero (We added stricter health and sanitation protocol which includes wearing full-face shields), she said.

Meanwhile, Taytay, Rizal has already released an ordinance on mandatory face shields.

Several commuters, however, raised concerns over additional expenses amid the pandemic. The DOTr said it is better to purchase face shields instead of paying for hospital bills later due to infection. AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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