Ecija COVID-19 cases now 104

CABANATUAN CITY – The total number of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases in Nueva Ecija has breached the century mark, now totaling 104 with the addition of nine new infections in this city yesterday.

Here the Cabanatuan City Public Market in the downtown area was closed down the whole day yesterday to give way to cleaning and disinfection activities to prevent the possible spread of the virus, it was learned.

The Cabanatuan City Information and Tourism Office also announced that starting Tuesday, July 14, Barangay Magsaysay Norte and the whole Sangitan Market will be placed under temporary lockdown due to a sudden increase of COVID-19 infections in the area.

It also said the city government with the help of the local police, CDRRMO, CEEPUMO and barangay officials of Magsaysay Norte conducted a rapid testing of those vendors, CEEPUMO employees and barangay officials who had close contact with Patient #90, the COVID-carrier-49-year-old female vendor at the Sangitan Public Market.

The Nueva Ecija Inter-Agency Task Force led by Gov. Aurelio M. Umali said the province recorded the highest number of coronavirus-19 infections after nine carriers of the virus all from this city were reported on Sunday.

It was learned that Cabanatuan City has already tallied a total of 38 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases, the highest among the local government units in the province. Of the 38 cases, 21 recovered while 17 are still admitted in various facilities.

The nine COVID-19 positives from this city were labeled as Patients#96-104. Five came from Bgy. Kapitan Pepe Subd., two males aged 17 and 18, and three women with ages 18, 42, and 72; two males and a female from Magsaysay Norte, aged 15, 16, and 29, children of Patient #90, the female vendor at the Sangitan Market; and one from Villa Ofelia, a 37-year-old male welder-installer.