TWENTY-ONE soldiers who were deployed in Cebu to help in the implementation of stricter community quarantine tested positive for COVID-19.
This was confirmed by Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry Division Spokesman Major Cenon Pancito III.
Pancito said seven of the soldiers showed symptoms while 14 of them were asymptomatic.
It can be recalled that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) deployed 41 soldiers in Cebu City in April to help authorities in implementation of health protocols as cases of COVID-19 in the area increased.
On June 23, the soldiers were recalled and placed in an isolation area in Kabangkalan, Negros Occidental.
However, after 41 days, the soldiers experiences symptoms of the virus and were immediately subjected to COVID-19 swab test on July 3.
On the first swab test, seven soldiers were tested positive that prompted the AFP to test 34 more soldiers on July 8 and found out that 14 of them were also positive of the virus.
Twenty of the soldiers tested negative and were placed under 14-day quarantine before being subjected again into another swab test.
As of press time those soldiers who are positive of the virus were placed in a health facility in Negros Occidental and were being taking cared of by medical staff of Negros Occidental Provincial Health Office.