By Jhon Aldrin Casinas
The local government of Mandaluyong City shut down rumors circulating on social media that there is allegedly a patient who tested positive for the novel coronavirus acute respiratory disease (nCoV-ARD) and died at Mandaluyong City Medical Center (MCMC).
“Please be informed that this is not true,” the City Public Information Office said in an advisory Thursday.
Mandaluyong City Mayor Carmelita Abalos has asked netizens to be “more vigilant in sharing unverified reports being posted on social media.”
Citing records from the City Health Department, Abalos said “there is no case of persons identified with nCoV infection or with history of foreign travel with nCoV exposure in Mandaluyong.”
City events canceled
As part of its precautionary measures against nCoV-ARD, the city government has canceled some events scheduled for its 75th Liberation Day and 26th Cityhood Anniversary on Sunday.
Abalos earlier announced that the Liberation Day Commemorative Program, Military and Civic Parade, and the Liberation Concert scheduled on Feb. 9 are canceled.
MCMC holding area
A holding area for persons who may have been infected with the virus has been set up recently at MCMC.
The mayor said the installation of the holding area at the hospital was one of the precautionary measures being undertaken by the city government against the infectious disease.