Mandaluyong: 72 kids get COVID-19 in 4 days
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MANILA, Philippines — Seventy-two minors in Mandaluyong City contracted COVID-19 in a span of four days, the city government reported yesterday.
The city’s public information office said the minors are among the 404 new cases recorded by the local government from Aug. 30 to Sept. 2.
Twenty cases each were documented on Aug. 30 and 31, 18 on Sept. 1 and 14 on Sept. 2.
Jimmy Isidro, city public information officer, said most of the minors are either in isolation centers or under home quarantine.
Isidro said some are confined at the Mandaluyong City Medical Center. He did not give a figure but said there are only a few patients in the hospital who are youngsters.
There are 892 active cases in Mandaluyong, based on the latest report of the city health office.
The barangays with the most number of active cases are Poblacion with 74; Hulo and Plainview, 71 each; Barangka Ilaya, 66, and Highway Hills, 57.
At least 254,057 residents and workers in Mandaluyong are fully vaccinated while 452,592 have received a first dose of COVID-19 jabs.
Strict quarantine in Pateros
In Pateros, the municipal government would enforce stricter measures for residents found positive for COVID-19’s more infectious Delta variant.
Mayor Miguel Ponce III issued Executive Order 27, which adopted a Department of Health memorandum that prescribed measures on how local government units should handle various COVID variants.
The order states that Delta variant patients should be brought to a quarantine facility assigned by the government. Home isolation would be allowed if the patients find it “impractical or physically impossible” to go to a government isolation center.
Close contacts of Delta variant patients should also be tested and undergo quarantine in government-assigned facilities regardless of the result of their tests.
Recovered patients who learn that they had the Delta variant should practice home quarantine and be subjected to another RT-PCR test. A positive result would require them to undergo quarantine at a government isolation facility.
As of Thursday, Metro Manila’s sole municipality had 481 active cases. Pateros has recorded a total of 6,087 confirmed cases with 5,530 recoveries and 76 deaths. – Ghio Ong