Army camp in Leyte placed on lockdown after 20 soldiers test positive for COVID-19

Published October 28, 2020, 10:30 AM

by Marie Tonette Marticio

TACLOBAN City – An army camp in Kananga, Leyte has been placed on lockdown after 20 soldiers contracted the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

And because of the lockdown, the 93rd Infantry Battalion based in Barangay Aguiting was being supported by the local government of Kananga and other units of the Philippine Army with food and other supplies since no one has been allowed to enter or leave the camp.

According to Kananga Mayor Matt Torres, the cases started from one of the soldiers, who tested positive for the virus after returning from an operation in San Isidro, Leyte on October 10. He was admitted to the Ormoc Doctors Hospital in Ormoc City after suffering from flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, and vomiting. 

He, along with his close contacts, underwent swab testing, and 20 were confirmed to have contracted the virus.

The LGU has also temporarily suspended the operation of its Rural Health Unit since its personnel were under quarantine after attending to the COVID-19 patients.

Torres said Kananga has 23 active COVID-19 cases. Of these, three were locally stranded individuals (LSIs) currently admitted in their quarantine facility.

The official urged everyone to remain calm as they conduct contact tracing for the possible contacts of the soldiers outside the camp.