By EDD K. USMAN
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(SDN) — COVID-19 patients #5 and #6 — a husband and wife — are now at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM), which is under the Department of Health (DOH).
Nords Maguindanao, a broadcaster on Salam Radio operating via Facebook as well, relayed this to SDN — Science and Digital News.
He said a close family relative of the couple told him about the couple’s confinement at the RITM.
Last week, Salam Radio reported on its Facebook page that the person who the DOH confirmed to have contracted the 2019-nCoronaVirus who was frequenting the Greenhills Shopping Center prayer room already died. He is presumably patient #5.
Later, Salam Radio corrected the report, saying a relative of #5 who wrongfully reported the death texted back that #5 is alive.
As this developed, the mayor of San Juan City, Metro Manila, Francisco Javier “Francis” M. Zamora confirmed in a statement patient #5’s status to have been carrying the coronavirus and that he was often at the Greenhills prayer room.
In this regard, Zamora ordered the prayer room to be disinfected, which was completed yesterday.
“But he has been out of the house for the last eight days, and is being confined at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine.”
Over IN Cainta, Rizal, Mayor Johnielle Keith Pasion “Kit” Nieto confirmed the couple (#5 and #6) are residents of Filinvest Subdivision in the municipality.
At the same time, Nieto allayed the fears of his constituents’ concerns about the development.
The Cainta mayor confirmed the DOH’s announcement that #5 lives in Filinvest Subdivision. “But he has been out of the house for the last eight days, and is being confined at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine.”
He assured the Covid-19 patients’ area of resident has already been disinfected as well as its surroundings. “We found no symptoms on the other residents.”
Nieto distributed face masks, disinfectants, vitamins and other things to help protected the subdivision’s residentS.
At the same time, the Cainta mayor said more precautionary measures have been laid down.
“I suspended classes in all school levels on Monday, March 9, to make it a day for preparation and discussed seriously among families and the community cleanliness and ways to avoid the virus of Covid-19.”
In Taytay, Rizal, Mayor Joric Gacula suspended classes in all levels in both private and public schools for Monday, March 9.
The suspension is due to Covid-19, which has now killed over 3,000 people around the world, and with more than 100,000 confirmed cases of infection.
“I suspended classes in all school levels on Monday, March 9, to make it a day for preparation and discussed seriously among families and the community cleanliness and ways to avoid the virus of Covid-19,” Gacula said in Pilipino on his Facebook page.
“There is a confirmed case in our neighboring town who is now being treated and in quarantine. I also ordered the Municipal Health Office headed by Dr. Jeffrey Roxas and the Municipal Health Board to continue monitoring the calls of people who are feeling sick.”
Gacula emphasized the importance of being really careful to prevent the virus from further spreading in the country.
He also mentioned the phone numbers that residents may call: Taytay Health Office Emergency Numbers — 02-85714858; 0917-165-9009; and 0917-625-0065. (SDN)
Featured image of a coronavirus from National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), in collaboration with Colorado State University. (Photo: Unsplash)
Earlier, SDN — Science and Digital News reported on the supposed death of a person who was a frequent visitor at the Greenhills prayer room, apparently to perform prayers, based on Salam Radio’s Facebook post.
Apologies for sharing the wrong information.