By Anthony Giron
IMUS CITY, Cavite – There are now 15 coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) positive cases in Cavite province with the latest inclusion of a senior citizen, authorities reported on Wednesday, March 25.
Authorities also reported that another batch of 276 curfew or liquor ban violators have been arrested in operations in Cavite’s eight districts.
Governor Jonvic Remulla, citing a report from the Provincial Health Office (PHO), confirmed that a new COVID-19 patien, a 63-year-old male from Bacoor City, was admitted in a private hospital in Metro Manila.
The senior resident was the 15th COVID-19 patient that was reported in 15 days, starting on March 10.
Among the latest three positive cases that Remulla reported on Monday were two other elderly men, aged 62 and 71, from upland Naic; and a 67-year-old woman from neighboring Indang municipality.
At least four COVID-related deaths have been reported in Cavite, based on the mortality data that the PHO released in the last five days, starting on March 20.
In his Facebook message on Wednesday afternoon, Remulla also reported that some 276 individuals have been arrested lately by the authorities for violating the 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew and liquor ban imposed in the province’s seven cities and 16 municipalities in connection with the enforced Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in the areas.
The 276 brought to 1,714 the total individuals arrested by police and barangay (village) officers since the strict implementation of the curfew and liquor ban on March 20.
The violators were arrested at checkpoint and street operations.
The latest arrests were made on Tuesday, according to Remulla.
ECQ is a measure imposed by the provincial and the local governments to safeguard the citizens against the CoVID-19 and ward off the virus in the area.
Remulla issued the Provincial Executive Order imposing the curfew hours, liquor ban and other special laws that may well be enforced for the ECQ.
The executive order was rendered to prompt the citizens to stay at home for the quarantine and observe social or hygienic distancing. sanitation and other measures to prevent the virus transmission.
In his last four Facebook messages under #TigasUloPaMore, Remulla reported out the number of violators arrested in the operations from March 21 to 25.
In his latest update report, Imus, Cavite’s capital, still has the most number of arrests among the cities and municipalities with 50
Remulla have been reporting the violator numbers, based on the figures that he received from the Police Provincial Office (PPO).
The governor has oft reminded the citizens to heed the ECQ, saying compliance with the anti-CoVID measures are a must for their own safety and actions would be critical in the days ahead.
PPO reports showed that the violators arrested have been documented and charged.
In his Wednesday’s Facebook message, Remulla said in Tagalog in toto: “Marami po ang nakiki-arbor ng kaso. Mga hukom po ay three hours/twice a week pumasok. Naiiwan daw sa kulungan. Sorry, no deal. Di naman ako nagkulang sa paalala. Di naman ako nagkulang sa paliwanag. Sa huwes na lang po kayo maki-usap.”