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Richard Gomez lifts preemptive lockdown in Ormoc sub-village

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TACLOBAN CITY – The local government of Ormoc City has lifted the preemptive lockdown enforced in its sub-village, where a resident tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

“The contact tracing on the patient residing in Purok 6, Bagong Buhay village has been completed, for which, lifting of the precautionary lockdown has been recommended,” Mayor Richard Gomez said in a statement on Thursday.

The city government, through Executive Order No. 66, placed the community under strict movement restriction on June 15 to prevent the potential spread or local transmission of the virus. Since the outbreak of Covid-19 in the country, Ormoc has confirmed a total of 55 cases, according to the Department of Health (DOH).

Its first case was reported on June 5 and has significantly increased in the past weeks due to testing of locally stranded individuals (LSIs) from Metro Manila and Cebu, as well as overseas Filipino workers (OFW).

As of June 22, there are 446 returnees isolated in its designated quarantine facilities, of which 420 are LSIs and 26 are OFWs, according to the Ormoc City Ligtas Covid Isolation Team monitoringreport.

Gomez urged residents to immediately report uncoordinated arrival of returnees to properly monitor and manage them in the designated quarantine centers.

“Let us know right away because we don’t know if these people are infected or not. The problem if there are uncoordinated arrivals, is that we lock down the community or the sub-village where the person resides to conduct contact tracing. We need to identify the contacts up to the third level for early management and prevention,” he said.

Meanwhile, Eastern Visayas has confirmed a total of 452 coronavirus cases, including 39 recoveries and zero death, the DOH said. (PNA)