DOH: Suspected MERS-CoV patient from Laguna tests negative

admin   •   February 21, 2019   •   2218

Colorized transmission electron micrograph showing particles of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus that emerged in 2012 | Credit: NIAID

(UPDATED) A male Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) from Saudi Arabia who was rushed to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) on Wednesday over suspected Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV), has tested negative for the disease, the Department of Health said.

The RITM released the results of the laboratory tests conducted on the patient around 7 P.M. Wednesday, according to DOH Region 4A Director Eduardo Janairo.

The patient was instead diagnosed with pneumonia, Janairo said, and his condition is currently being monitored and treated.

“Nandoon pa siya sa RITM. Doon muna inoobserbahan, malaman natin progreso ng kaniyang sakit, kung mag-detoriorate o hindi. Pero at least ang ating diagnostic, hindi na MERS-CoV. Ninerbyos lang tayo diyan kasi nga galing sa Saudi, sa Riyadh since Feb. 10. May mga record na may MERS-CoV sa area na yun,” Janairo explained.

“Sa ngayon, wala ng dapat ipangamba kasi negative naman yung kaniyang viral infection. Ang hinahanap natin ngayon, ano ang cause ng pneumonia at ubo niya o fever. Kailangan malaman natin yun,” Janairo added.

MERS is a viral respiratory infection caused by a novel CoronaVirus (CoV). Its symptoms may range from mild to severe fever, cough, chills, vomiting or diarrhea and shortness of breath. It was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012.

The patient was first rushed to the Laguna Doctors Hospital in Sta. Cruz, Laguna on February 19 after complaining of coughs and high fever but was transferred to the RITM in Muntinlupa City for further analysis and observation.

The emergency room of the Laguna Doctors Hospital has also been opened to patients after it was temporarily closed on Wednesday for general disinfection. — Robie de Guzman (with reports from Sherwin Culubong)

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PNP-IAS clears 10 cops in death of minor in Laguna drug ops

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippine National Police-Internal Affairs Service (PNP-IAS) has cleared 10 policemen of wrongdoing in the anti-drug operation that resulted in the death of a minor in Laguna.

According to PNP Chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar, the investigation belies allegations that the incident was a case of human rights abuse and extra-judicial killing.

Sa paglabas ng imbestigasyon na ito ng IAS, muling napatunayan na walang katotohanan ang mga paratang na may drug-related operations ang PNP na may bahid ng pang-aabuso gaya ng gustong palabasin ng iba (With the release of the IAS’s investigation, it again proves that there is no truth in the allegations that some  of PNP’s drug-related operations have traces of abuse as what others would like to imply),” he said.

Last June 16, operatives of the Laguna Police Intelligence Unit conducted an anti-illegal drug operation against notorious drug suspect, Antonio Dalit in Biñan City. Dalit and his 16-year-old companion, Jhondy Maglinte Helis engaged police operatives and were killed in a shootout.

Helis’ family claimed that Dalit and the teenager were executed by the PNP operatives. However, based on the IAS investigation, there is no indication that the two suspects were killed in cold blood and no witness surfaced to attest to the alleged execution. Helis’ family also refused to cooperate with the IAS investigation.

Eleazar assured that as chief of the national police, he would remain fair in handling cases involving PNP personnel. AAC

MECQ sa Metro Manila at Laguna, simula na bukas pero non-essential activities, limitado pa rin — Malakanyang

Robie de Guzman   •   August 20, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Simula sa Sabado, Agosto 21 ay ilalagay na sa modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) ang Metro Manila at Laguna.

Ngunit ayon sa Malakanyang, mananatili pa ring limitado ang non-essential trips at activities sa ilalim ng nasabing protocol.

Hindi pa rin papayagan ang indoor at al-fresco dine-in services, pati na ang personal care services gaya ng beauty salon, parlor, barbershop at nail spa.

Bawal pa ring magbukas ang entertainment venues gayundin ang outdoor at indoor sports courts at venues, indoor at outdoor tourist attractions, pati na ang venues para sa meetings, conferences at iba pa.

Mananatili ring virtual o online ang religious gatherings.

Sa Agosto 23 naman magsisimula ang pagpapatupad ng MECQ sa lalawigan ng Bataan.

Kasabay nito, inaatasan ang mga lokal na pamahalaan sa mga lugar na ito na paigtingin pa ang kanilang vaccination efforts, gayundin ang prevent-detect-isolate-treat-reintegrate o PDITR strategies at ang pagpapatupad ng minimum public health standards.

Limitado ang onsite operations para sa mga manggagawa at dapat ding magpatupad ng istriktong granular lockdowns sa Metro Manila, Laguna at Bataan kung kinakailangan.

Bagaman pinahihintulutan naman ang necrological services, burol, inurnment at funerals sa non-COVID-19 deaths, limitado lamang ito sa immediate family members.

Ayon kay Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, kinakailangang maging madiskarte ang lahat upang mapigilan ang pagkakaroon ng COVID-19 outbreak.

“Ang mga miyembro ng IATF ay nagdesisyon na kinakailangan nating ng panibagong istratehiya at paraan para magawa ang ating trabaho para makontrol ang lalo pang pagkalat ng COVID-19 ng mga variants. tandaan na ang community quarantine ay hindi nag-iisang solusyon sa pandemiya,” ani Roque.

Samantala, batay naman sa napagkasunduan ng Metro Manila Council, pananatilihin ang unified curfew sa lahat ng lungsod at munisipalid sa rehiyon mula alas-otso ng gabi hanggang alas-kwatro ng madaling araw.

Papayagan na rin ang outdoor exercises subalit maaari lamang itong gawin mula alas-sais lamang hanggang alas-nuwebe ng umaga.

Paalala ng Palasyo, limitado pa rin ang paglabas ng bahay at ang pagbiyahe lamang para sa mga pangunahing pangangailangan, serbisyo at trabaho sa mga pinahihintulutang industriya ang papayagan sa MECQ areas. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

Laguna to be under ECQ until August 20

UNTV News   •   August 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) has extended the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) of Laguna until August 20, 2021, Malacañang announced on Saturday.

The extension was upon the recommendation of the Department of the Interior and Local Government and after consultation with the local government of Laguna.

Laguna was initially placed under ECQ until August 15, 2021 then de-escalated to Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) beginning August 16 until August 31, 2021, until this present amendment of reverting to ECQ status.

A statement from the Presidential Communications Operations Office said that the latest ECQ re-classification was made to maximize its effects, slow down the surge of COVID-19 cases, further stop the spread of variants and improve health system capacity to protect more lives in the aforesaid area.

“This is in pursuant with Executive Order 112 giving authority to the IATF to impose, lift, or extend a community quarantine in provinces, highly urbanized cities, and independent component cities,” it added.

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