By Aira Genesa Magdayao
PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan – Puerto Princesa City Mayor Lucilo Bayron is set to ask the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to upgrade city’s status modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), following the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Palawan to 22.
The updated number of the confirmed cases included a 26-year old Australian, a 63-year old Filipino without travel history, two overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), nine locally stranded individuals (LSIs), who recently arrived here, and two health worker of the Ospital ng Palawan (ONP).
Bayron said Thursday they will request to the national IATF to upgrade the MGCQ status of the city for stricter protocols.
He said that all returning individuals should also have a confirmation certificate to reduce the influx of the LSIs and ROFs.
“We will request the national to upgrade the MGCQ status of the city including the request to impose or required confirmation certificate to the returning ROFs and LSIs,” he said.
Assistant City Health Officer Dr. Dean Palanca said Thursday that the ONP health worker, in turn, infected five persons in Barangay Sta. Monica in Puerto Princesa City.
In all, Puerto Princesa City has 12 cases, followed by Sofronio Espanola town with five cases, and Coron with three.
“We have another five new confirmed cases of COVID-19, they are the direct contact of the health worker of ONP. Three of them are boys and two are girls who are currently in the quarantine facility,” Palanca said.
Two of five newly recorded confirmed positive COVID-19 cases were employees of the provincial legal office, Governor Jose Chaves Alvarez confirmed Thursday.
Alvarez said that they immediately implemented flexible work arrangement at the provincial capitol, and placed the affected employees under quarantine.
He added that they will implement 50 percent workforce in the capitol while other transactions will continue.
“From now on we implement 50 percent of the workforce to contain the transmission. But transactions at the capitol will still be allowed provided that maximum health safety measures will be observed,” he said.