By Anthony Giron
IMUS CITY, Cavite – This capital city of Cavite province has been placed under Extreme Enhanced Community Quarantine (EECQ) after another resident tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
It was the third confirmed case in the last 16 days, starting March 10.
In a Facebook post report, Mayor Emmanuel Leonardo Maliksi said the latest case involved a 57-year-old man from Barangay Pasong Buaya II, who is now confined at a private hospital in Manila. The patient was reportedly a diabetic and was undergoing dialysis.
The first CoVID-19 case in Cavite, involving a 48-year-old seafarer, who had travel history to Japan, was also from Imus.
The seaman was also the first in Cavite who reportedly recovered, and was discharged from confinement after treatment and testing negative twice for the virus.
Cavite province has 15 reported CoVID-19 positive cases with four related deaths, as per latest report of Governor Jonvic Remulla.
Maliksi said he was prompted to place Imus on EECQ last Wednesday as the third CoVID-19 case was reported in the area.
The mayor has yet to render a report on the latest number of COVID persons under investigation (PUIs) and those under monitoring (PUMs).
Imus, a first class city, has 97 barangays (villages) with a population of about half-a-million. It has a vast residential, commercial and industrial areas.
Maliksi said that it was best for the city to be placed under EECQ so that residents would stay at home and observe social or safe distancing, sanitation, disinfection and other hygienic measures to prevent the COVID-19 transmission in the city.
With the EECQ in place, the police and barangay officials have enforced much-stricter restrictions on vehicle travel, movement of residents, particularly loitering, with the issuance of the barangay home quarantine passes and imposition of other measures such as curfew hours and the liquor ban through checkpoints and street operations.
“Ang lungsod ng Imus ay nasa ilalim na ng Extreme Enhanced Community Quarantine matapos makapagtala ng ika-3 kompirmadong kaso ng Covid-19 sa lungsod. Dahil dito, mas mahigpit ang pagbabantay sa mga checkpoints, pagpapatupad ng curfew hours, at paghihigpit sa mga lumalabas sa mga tahanan gamit ang Home Quarantine Pass,” Maliksi said.
“Dahil sa patuloy na pagtaas ng bilang ng kaso ng Covid-19, ang Lungsod ng Imus ay nasasailalim sa Extreme Enhanced Community Quarantine. Layunin nito na mas paigtingin ang kampanya ng pamahalan na mapanatili ang mga mamamayan sa kani-kanilang tahanan upang masugpo ang pagkalat ng Covid-19,” the mayor added.