Parañaque’s COVID-19 cases surge past 1,000

Published June 28, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Jean Fernando

The confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections in Parañaque city topped 1,000 on Saturday, but recorded the highest recovery rate among Metro Manila cities.

According to Dr. Darius Sebastian, chief of the City’s Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU) that as of June 27, confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city jumped to 1,024 after 85 new cases were added over a period of three days.

Sebastian said Barangay BF Homes, the biggest posh subdivision in the country, now has the highest confirmed COVID-19 cases among the city’s 16 barangays with 116 individuals infected.

There are 64 recoveries, nine deaths and 43 active cases as of Saturday in the said barangay.

“Barangay BF is densely populated in the entire city. Almost 95,000 individuals are living in the subdivision. Several residents disregard some health protocols particularly physical distancing when the national government implemented the general community quarantine,” Sebastian said.

Officers of the BF Federation of Homeowners Associations Inc. (BFFHAI) headed by Arturo Astorga II confirmed earlier to have allowed some 300 Chinese workers of a Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO) to undergo COVID-19 test inside the subdivision without necessary permits from the authorities.

Concerned residents of the gated subdivision complained and asked Mayor Edwin Olivarez to penalize those involved in the illegal act.

Meanwhile, Barangay Tambo, where several POGO offices are located has the second highest number confirmed COVID-19 cases at 67, with 32 recoveries, two deaths and 33 active cases as of Saturday, June 27, Sebastian said.

The Entertainment City, also known as E-City, a gaming and entertainment complex under PAGCOR is located in the said barangay.

Cases in Barangay Sun Valley have likewise increased tremendously the past week with 62 confirmed cases, the third highest reported in the city. Of this, 21 are active cases, 36 recoveries and five deaths.

Olivarez assured residents the city government is doing its best to arrest the spread of the pandemic as the number of confirmed cases surpassed the 1,000-mark.

As of June 27, Olivarez said 715 have recovered from the virus in 72 hours, reportedly the highest recovery rate among the cities in Metro Manila.