THE number of policemen, barangay watchmen and government employees in Navotas City are now under home quarantine following an expanded community testing program implemented by the city government.
Mayor Toby Tiangco said that as long as the result does not come out, all those who underwent testing will have to go on home quarantine and this is the reason why the local government is now facing difficulty in implementing strict measures and health protocols against COVID-19.
“Kaya nga po hinihingi namin ang inyong tulong at pakikiisa dahil hindi po namin kayo mababantayan lahat. Kapag tayo ang tinamaan ng sakit, mahihinto ang ating kabuhayan at mas mahihirapan tayong tustusan ang pangangailangan ng ating mga mahal sa buhay.” Mayor Tiangco reminded residents.
The mayor also expressed his gratitude to the national government for providing 200 slots for persons found positive from coronavirus disease (COVID)-19 in two isolation facilities outside the city, namely the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan and World Trade Center in Pasay city.
This, after the city’s two community isolation facility (CIF), the Navotas National High School (NNHS) and the Navotas Polytechnic College (NPC), had reached the capacity limit for COVID-19 patients.
On Saturday, 25 asymptomatic patients were brought to the We Heal As One Center in World Trade Center while some of the 31 additional patients who were reported positive from the virus by the City Health Office will be escorted to the Philippine Arena.
As of Saturday evening, the Navotas City Health Office reported a total of 931 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 325 recovered and 59 deaths.