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Gov. Bong Lacson Says Negros Occidental ECQ May Have Extension

NEGROS OCCIDENTAL ECQ – Governor Eugenio “Bong” Lacson expressed that there is a possibility that the ECQ will be extended.

Not only Luzon but as well as provinces in Visayas and Mindanao now are under an Enhanced Community Quarantine or ECQ. It is an essential measure widely-implemented to contain the spread of the COVID-19.

Currently, there is a total of 6,710 cases of coronavirus confirmed in the Philippines as to the Department of Health (DOH). This pandemic has taken 446 lives in the country while 693 patients have recovered from the disease.

One of the provinces with confirmed cases of coronavirus is Negros Occidental. It is now under an Enhanced Community Quarantine which is set to end this April 30.

Negros Occidental ECQ Gov. Bong Lacson
Photo: TV Patrol Negros

However, recently, another case of COVID-19 was confirmed in the province. It was followed by a result of a patient who died last April 9. The said 69-year-old man tested positive for the disease.

The authorities conducted rapid testing to the people who had a contact with the 69-year-old man including 17 staff of the regional hospital. Unfortunately, a pregnant nurse tested positive on the rapid testing. A confirmatory test will be done to her.

Following the new cases of COVID-19 in the province, Gov. Bong Lacson expressed that there is a possibility that the modified Negros Occidental ECQ will be extended.

Based on a report of TV Patrol Negros, the Governor expressed that he still has to talk to the mayors of the different cities in the province. Meanwhile, he believes that the LGU can still support another extension.

Based on the report, an assessment will be done every two (2) weeks on whether or not the Negros Occidental ECQ may be lifted. With regards to the ECQ in Bacolod City, the Bacolod Inter Agency Task Force against Covid 19 can yet to decide on whether it will be lifted or extended.

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