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Bacolod top officials recommend ECQ extension

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BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – The lone district solon and the vice mayor who chairs the COVID inter-agency task force are all recommending the extension of the Enhanced Community Quarantine here amid pending test results and an increase in confirmed cases as the third week of the ECQ started.

Congresmman Greg Gasataya of the lone district of Bacolod. | Photo by Banjo C. Hinolan
Congresmman Greg Gasataya of the lone district of Bacolod. | Photo by Banjo C. Hinolan

City Cong. Greg Gasataya told DNX he favors an extension pending the results of swab test results on 130 persons who are suspected cases.

Vice-Mayor El Cid Familiaran, for his part, said he, too, favors an extension especially after the province’s Patient 2 was confirmed to have made contact with several persons in two villages – Estefania and Mandalagan – in communities that have dense populations.

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There, too, he said is the case of the city’s Patient 8 who tested positive post-death and lived in a densely-populated sub-village of Sabes in Villamonte.

Bacolod City Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran. | Photo by Banjo C. Hinolan
Bacolod City Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran. | Photo by Banjo C. Hinolan

Sabes, Bulak sub-village, and a street in East Homes 3, Estefania are now ultra-risk zones.

Access to and from these places are strictly regulated.

Gasataya pointed out pending results are crucial as these could tip the balance in the transmission of the virus.

Familiaran also said the IATF is straining its capabilities and resources to identify how Patient 8, a 69-year-old man, caught the virus as he had not travelled to any high-risk country abroad or to any other place domestically.

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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.

1 COMMENT

  1. Budlay mag complacent, d pata daan sure kay wala pata ka random test bc bla glibot2x lng ang mga infected naman kag mag balik ta sa zero. Kanugon sang aton efforts labi na sang aton LGU’s officials who headed to contain the spread of virus.

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