Passi City reports first case of local infection

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Iloilo province’s component city of Passi has recorded its first case of local coronavirus disease (Covid-19) transmission – a 44-year-old asymptomatic female.

Its 11 previous cases were locally stranded individuals and repatriated overseas workers.

This indigenous case – now on quarantine – prompted the city government to close a neighborhood in Barangay Agdahon yesterday covering 15 households. (

The public market of Passi was also temporarily closed for disinfection. The patient operated a kiosk at the market.

Contact tracing was also launched, according to Mayor Stephen Palmares.

Palmares said the woman was scheduled to undergo surgery at a private hospital in Iloilo City. A Covid-19 test was one of the prerequisites. She tested positive for the virus.