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Iloilo Confirms First Covid-19 Case

Iloilo confirms its first Covid-19 case. A Covid-19 case has been confirmed in Iloilo. This involves a 65-year-old Filipino male. The patient has no recent travel history but has relatives with travel history to Japan. This makes the first for the Province of Iloilo and second for Western Visayas after Bacolod City confirmed its first case.

Marilyn W. Convocar, MD, MPH, CESO III, Director of the Department of Health VI made the announcement in a press conference held March 21. Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Trenas and Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. were also in attendance.

It can be recalled that Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. recently signed Executive Order 080, placing the entire Iloilo Province under Enhanced Community Quarantine. Moreover, Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Trenas has signed Executive Order 050, also placing the entire Iloilo City on Enhanced Community Quarantine. Such measures are exercised to break the chain of transmission and eventually eradicated Covid-19. Read more: Iloilo on Enhanced Community Quarantine: What to Expect

Moreover, 100 test kits donated by a group from Manila have arrived in Iloilo City just yesterday, and an accredited medical technologist to start the day after. Moreover, under the Department of Health’s updated decision tool, only the elderly, those with underlying conditions and those whose ailments have progressed to severe or critical would be tested for the virus.

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