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A vehicle with a  coffin on its roof and the message “Mag Tinir Sa Balay, O Sulod Ka Sa Lungon” reminds Sagay City, Negros Occidental,  residents  to stay home or end up in a coffin amid the COVID-19 threat*


Mayor: Covid death reminder
of need for ECQ compliance 
BY CHRYSEE G. SAMILLANO

Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia  said  the first COVID-19 fatality  in Bacolod City  “reminds us all of the seriousness of the problem we are facing” and  the need to comply with the Enhanced Community Quarantine to stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus pandemic.

     “This could also serve as an admonition for all of us to follow what our health officials are asking us to do,” he said last night.

     The first confirmed COVID-19 death in Bacolod Tuesday involved a 62-year-old mother who had exposure to her COVID-19 positive 40-year-old son in critical condition at a Bacolod hospital.

     She was the sixth confirmed COVID positive case in Bacolod. moremoremore


Capitol testing for virus in 23 LGUs  
BY CARLA P. GOMEZ

There are now 58 COVID-19 hot zones in 23 towns and cities of Negros Occidental, and 70 persons under investigation (PUIs) for the virus are up for testing,  an updated provincial Inter-Agency Task Force Operations Agency report released yesterday showed.

        San Carlos City has the most number of hot zones in Negros Occidental with 9 followed by Bago City with 6, Calatrava – 5, Valladolid – 4, Hinigaran – 3, Manapla - 3, Moises Padilla - 3, Talisay City - 3, EB Magalona - 2, Himamaylan – 2, Kabankalan City - 2, La Carlota City – 2, La Castellana - 2, Pontevedra - 2, Sagay City - 2,  Sipalay City - 2, Binalbagan - 1, Cauayan – 1, Escalante City – 1, Isabela  - 1, Murcia – 1, Pulupandan -  1, and San Enrique – 1.

        Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said an area will be declared under extreme community quarantine, or a hot zone, if it has one COVID-positive patient, one PUI, or at least five persons under monitoring (PUMs). moremoremore

 

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IN WESTERN VISAYAS
DOLE  releases P12.2M to workers

BY MARCHEL P. ESPINA

The Department of Labor and Employment has released about P12.236 million in financial assistance to workers in private establishments in Western Visayas who have been affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.

          This is part of DOLE’s COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program, a safety net program that offers one-time financial assistance, worth P5,000, to displaced workers in the formal sector.

          The DOLE Region 6, on its Facebook page, said the agency already assisted 2,404 workers from 161 establishments in Western Visayas.

          Of the 161 establishments, 130 shut down operations temporarily while 31 others implemented flexible working arrangements
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