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Bacolod vice-mayor calls for heightened vigilance as councilor dies of COVID19 in Oriental Negros, six PUIs now in the city

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BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran called for heightened vigilance and community participation as the island registered its first local mortality caused by the COVID19 disease and as the number of persons under investigation (PUIs) rose to six this weekend.

Bacolod City Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran during the Virtual Townhall: A Discussion on COVID19 at DNX studio. | Photo by Banjo C. Hinolan
Bacolod City Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran during the Virtual Townhall: A Discussion on COVID19 at DNX studio. | Photo by Banjo C. Hinolan

“Vigilance and knowing the right information, these are important to keeping us safe; of course we should move as part of our community,” Familiaran told DNX.

This was the call of Familiaran after a councilor of Tayasan town died of complications inside a private hospital in Dumaguete City today, days after he was confined for showing flu-like symptoms.

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Local station Yes The Best FM, the first to break the news in Dumaguete, quoted Oriental Negros Gov. Roel Degamo as saying that the patient, who health authorities tagged as PH39, died 11:09am today, 15 March 2020.

Other local news sources cited the immediate cause of death as multiple organ failure.

As Familiaran made the call, government doctor Grace Tan, spokesperson of the local COVID task force, confirmed to DNX the increase in the number of persons under investigation in the city to six.

This count does not include any passenger from a 2Go Travel ship, the last trip out of Manila, to dock at the private port in the city center.

More than 800 passengers disembarked in Bacolod Saturday afternoon after President Duterte placed the national capital under community quarantine to halt the spread of the virus.

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These PUIs are now confined in various hospitals in the city.

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Julius D. Mariveles
Julius D. Mariveles
An amateur cook who has a mean version of humba, the author has recently tried to make mole negra, the Mexican sauce he learned by watching shows of master chef Rick Bayless. A journalist since 19, he has worked in the newsrooms of radio, local papers, and Manila-based news organizations. A stroke survivor, he now serves as executive editor of DNX.

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