‘DON’T LEAVE YOUR HOUSES’ | Iloilo City records 1st local COVID transmission

first_img“They are doing this for the love ofIloilo City,” he said. Contact tracing has started, he added. For 15 days beginning yesterday,residents here will be treated to free pandesal. The patient is a 59-year-old male fromMandurriao district. He is hypertensive and diabetic. “Angimportante makalampuwas kita sini nga dala naton tanan nga mga Ilonggo. When we get through this, hopefully, no one will be left behind,”said Treñas./PN Peoplecan catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread fromperson to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spreadwhen a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. Thesedroplets also land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people thencatch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes,nose or mouth. The city government has transformedbarangay daycare centers as community kitchens to feed people during thequarantine period. “Please, ang akon ginapangayo gid sa aton mga pumoluyo, kon pwde man langmagtinir kamo sa inyo balay, magtinir kamo,” said Treñas. As to the possibility of extending theenhanced community quarantine, the city mayor said the city government isstudying all options. CHECKING THE CHECKPOINT. Iloilo City police director Police Colonel Eric Dampal checks a quarantine control point in Barangay Balabago, Jaro, Iloilo City. The metro is on an enhanced community quarantine to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Treñas said the patient is confined ina hospital. Observe social distancing and wear facemask,he added. Treñas lauded the three home-growncompanies for their “sense of bayanihan.”  “Maymga private doctors nanawag sa akon kay may mga concerns man sila. Malantaw ko anay sang ila recommendations. I don’t wantto make a decision which is not science-based,” said Treñas. “Ginhawata ka pangita paagi makakita masks and cannedgoods. Ginapadul-ong naton sa aton kabaranggayanpaagi sa aton barangay officials,” said Treñas. Treñas also confirmed that the city’ssecond COVID-19 confirmed case – and the region’s 11th case – a 72-year-oldmale from Mandurriao, died on March 21. Treñas announced recently that throughthese community kitchens thousands of pandesalwould also be distributed. Angelina Bakeshop would bake the pandesal. The city government woulddistribute the bread. This new case – also Western Visayas’34th COVID-19 patient – had close contact with the city’s second COVID-19patient, according to Treñas. Three companies are joining forces toproduce the popular bread so no one would go hungry. Over 40,000 pieces of “Ilonggo pandesal” would be baked and distributeddaily, according to Treñas. The enhanced community quarantine isset to end on April 14. Treñas assured residents the citygovernment would be giving them provisions while on home quarantine. The Uygongco Flour Mill volunteered toprovide flour while the Carlos Uy Corp. would supply the other neededingredients. Will the enhanced community quarantine in Iloilo City be extended? Mayor Jerry Treñas says he is studying all options. PHOTO BY IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN ILOILO City – This city has recordedits fourth confirmed case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This is alsoits first local transmission of the disease. Wary of more transmissions, MayorJerry Treñas once again appealed to residents: “If possible, stay in yourhouses. Don’t leave your houses.”last_img read more