Zamboanga City still tracking down woman infected with COVID

Published July 22, 2021, 2:12 PM

by Liza Abubakar-Jocson

Zamboanga City health and security personnel are still tracking down the location of a 19-year-old woman who went missing after being diagnosed with COVID-19.

The woman fled from her boarding house last week before health personnel can take her to an isolation facility.

The woman is asymptomatic and has reportedly fled to Barangay Talon-Talon, a village in the center of town. She is originally from Basilan.

Health authorities however failed to find her in that area and are still tracking her down.

“Napakadelikado ng sitwasyon mo, ayaw natin magkaron ng outbreak (Your situation is very precarious, we don’t want to have an outbreak),” Zamboanga City Mayor Maria Isabella S. Climaco told the woman, amid concerns about the possible entry and spread of the Delta COVID variant.

The mayor also warned persons who are sheltering and harboring the individual of facing possible sanctions under the law.

Zamboanga City police chief Police Col. Rexmel Reyes has warned health violators of facing sanctions under Republic Act (RA) 11332, the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act.