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New positive cases won’t affect city-level quarantine status, authorities probe Patient 18 travel

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BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – New COVID-positive cases will not affect the city-wide quarantine level but local authorities here will continue to take steps to control the spread of the disease. (READ: Health authorities to isolate Bacolod’s Patient 18 today, contact tracing on)

Vice-Mayor El Cid Familiaran, head of the city’s Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging and Infectious Diseases, told DNX the discovery of new positive cases here, will not immediately mean a return to an enhanced quarantine level after it was downscaled to a modified general level on 1 June 2020 after a month of ECQ.

Familiaran noted even the quarantine level in Metro Manila, the national capital, had been maintained at a GCQ level and containment, through lockdowns are being done, on a barangay-wide scale.

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This city has a population of more than half a million and, according to Mayor Evelio Leonardia, is the densest city in Western Visayas region.

It also has the highest number of confirmed cases, 18 so far, in the province.

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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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