Kalinga COVID-19 cases rise to 6

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TABUK, Kalinga, June 14 – The number of confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in this city and the whole province is on the rise following the inclusion of 4 additional cases causing the total count of cases to rise to 6.

Mayor Darwin C. Estrañero said that the latest confirmed COVID-19 cases include two passengers of the chartered bus used for the controversial Oplan Padatung where the city’s first case was discovered and two frontliners.

The city inter-agency ask force and incident command team will be meeting today to ascertain the conduct of aggressive contact tracing of the close contacts of the latest cases and to decide on whether or not to impose a total lockdown in the city to prevent the further spread of the deadly virus which has been brought to the city by individuals that came from areas with high number of cases.

The local government has placed the confirmed COVID-19 cases in isolation in the city’s isolation unit and now under close medical supervision by health workers.

Earlier, a 30-year old displaced construction worker from Caloocan City who was one of the beneficiaries of the Oplan Padatung that allegedly grossly violated established quarantine protocols of the city and a 51-year old returning Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) from Abu Dhabi were the first imported COVID-19 cases in the city last week.

Concerned sectors in the city criticized Oplan Padatung organizers for grossly violating established quarantine rules and regulations by failing to secure the appropriate medical certificates from the point of origin of the returning locally stranded individuals and allegedly refusing the coordinate with the local government to ensure that those coming in to the city are free from the deadly virus and subjected to the appropriate tests before being allowed to enter in the city.

By Hent

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