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Public urged to refrain spreading misinformation

Philippine Information Agency
07 Aug 2020, 00:38 GMT+10

SAN JOSE, Antique, Aug. 6 (PIA) -- Authorities in San Jose, Antique urged individuals to stop spreading malicious reports relating to the recent second confirmed case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the capital town, as it causes public alarm.

Mayor Elmer Untaran, in a press conference, said the Department of Health (DOH) is authorized to announce updates on COVID-19 cases based on the swab test results.

"We are not in the position to announce prior or until there is official statement from where they had swab test. The Department of Health is authorized to announce it, " Untaran said.

In his statement, patient number two is a 45 year-old locally stranded individual (LSI) from Taguig City who arrived on July 28, 2020 and exhibited mild symptoms.

Untaran shared the patient was immediately taken to an isolation facility in San Jose and was not able to go home.

The specimen was collected last July 31, 2020 and results came out on August 4, 2020.

The mayor reiterated the public to continuously observe strict health protocols and avoid non-essential travels to avert the virus transmission.

Meanwhile, Rural Health Unit (RHU) head Dr. Melba Billones cited that those LSIs from Rizal Memorial Stadium were not subjected to home quarantine.

"Facility quarantine sanda tanan kay nahadlokan ako nga basi may isang bilog bala nga LSI nga malusot nga ma-turn out nga positive, (They were in a quarantine facility because I am afraid that there might be an LSI who may turn out positive of the virus)," Billones explained.

She said there is a continuous monitoring in the quarantine facility and assigned health workers are wearing complete personal protective gears.

The medical practitioner further addressed the community to help in conveying truthful information and rely only on the official statements of concerned agencies and local government units.

"Gapangayo ako pabor kay medyo nakapoy man kami magsabat luwas sa mabantay pa kami kang LSIs kag mga tawo sa quarantine facility, mabantay pa sang misinformation which adds more to stress, (I am asking a favor because we are somehow tired of answering. Aside from looking out for the welfare of the LSIs and those in the quarantine facility, we have to check the spread of misinformation which adds more to stress)" Billones said. (LTP/LML-PIA6 Antique)

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