Teaching staff is 9th Filipino to test positive for COVID-19 in Singapore
Marje Pelayo • March 16, 2020 • 2654
SINGAPORE – The Ministry of Health (MOH) announced another Filipino worker tested positive for coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the latest addition to eight infected Filipinos in the city state.
On Sunday (March 15), the MOH reported a 28-year-old Filipino teaching staff working at MY World Preschool Ltd at Lengkok Bahru contacted the viral disease.
She has no history of recent travel to COVID-19 affected countries or regions but had been exposed to a carrier, a 32 year-old male American national who had been to Japan and confirmed positive for novel coronavirus on March 13.
The Filipino worker who is a Singapore Work Pass holder is currently warded in an isolation room at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID), the MOH said.
She is the country’s 221st confirmed case and 9th Filipino infected by COVID-19 in Singapore.
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)
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
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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