By Aaron Recuenco
The provincial government of Batangas confirmed on Saturday a third case of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection in the province.
Authorities said the third COVID-19 patient – confined and isolated in a hospital in the province – is a resident of Lipa and has a travel history to Italy, the country with most number of infections, next to China – where the virus had originated.
Batangas provincial government authorities said the third patient is now confined in an isolation room of the Mary Mediatrix Medical Center in Lipa City.
On Friday, the Batangas City government confirmed the first two cases of COVID-19 infection in the province – the first is a 72-year-old male and 79-year-old sister. Both of them are now at the Asian Hospital.
Following the confirmation of two cases in Batangas City, Mayor Beverly Dimacuha issued on Friday an executive order which bans gatherings, including mass and other religious activities and loitering of teenagers, senior citizens, and medically challenged people in malls and other public places.
In response, the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception of Batangas cancelled all the masses starting Saturday and instead would go for on-air and online mass via a local radio station and its Facebook page.
As additional precautionary measures, the city government of Batangas also initiated the hiring of more medical personnel that include doctors, nurses, medical technologists and midwives.