MERGE Negros Occidental officials led by Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson (right) met at the Governor’s Office yesterday after two persons were reported to be under investigation for nCoV in Negros Occidental.*

Seven quarantined
for suspected nCoV
Foreigner, boy probed in Neg. Occ.

Seven persons in Negros Island are under investigation for suspected 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) and have been placed under quarantine in government hospitals.

In Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson announced yesterday that a foreigner and a Filipino are under investigation for suspected nCoV at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital in Bacolod City.

In Negros Oriental five individuals who came in contact with the two confirmed nCoV patients in the Philippines, one of whom already died, were under quarantine at the Negros Oriental Provincial Hospital in Dumaguete City. moremoremore

Five inmates bolt Oriental jail

Five persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) bolted from the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology jail facility in Manjuyod, Negros Oriental, early yesterday.

Provincial police director, Col. Julian Entoma said that the escapees are considered high-risk personalities considering the cases they are facing.

The five were identified as Janly Calunsod Callao, 39; Julan dela Cruz Paculanang, 30; Ronnie Juanico Flores, 25; Joseph Balderas Casido, 24; and Lito Cayetano Pedro, 49, all natives of Negros Oriental. moremoremore


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Booking cancellations noted
in Bacolod amid nCoV threat

With the threat posed by the novel coronavirus in the country, several establishments in Bacolod City reported cancellations in bookings and reservations, business leader Frank Carbon said yesterday.

This came after seven individuals - five in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental and two in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental - were quarantined at government hospitals after exhibiting flu-like symptoms.

Carbon, chief executive officer of the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry, confirmed that a hotel in the city reported booking cancellations, as its guests decided to limit their travels.