Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon (center) celebrates mass on  Palm Sunday at the San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod City*

April 14 ECQ end uncertain
as massive testing continues

The Department of Health reported  yesterday that there are now 34 COVID-positive cases in Western Visayas, with no new‘Ultra risk’ areas in city 5 cases in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental.

    Negros Occidental and Bacolod City are conducting massive testing for COVID-19 to prevent the spread of the deadly virus but the lifting of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) by April 14 in the province and city remains uncertain.

    Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson and Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia yesterday said no decision has been made yet on whether the ECQ will be extended beyond April 14.

    Leonardia pointed out that the executive order he issued placing Bacolod City under ECQ stated that it may be extended, as warranted by circumstances. moremoremore

‘Ultra risk’ areas in city 5

Bacolod City has now identified five "ulta-risk" areas with the addition of a 48-year-old COVID-19 positive male from Barangay Mandalagan, who has travel history to the United States  and Manila, and was advised to observe strict home quarantine.

Mandalagan Barangay Captain Arturo Parreño said yesterday  they have sealed off an apartment unit in the barangay where the patient lives.

Parreño added that a barangay tanod and two policemen were assigned on a 24/7 duty to secure the apartment.

Dr. Grace Tan, spokesperson of the city's inter-agency task force against COVID-19, said the 48-year-old had  close contact with his  28-year-old son-in-law who was earlier tested  positive for the virus. moremoremore


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Visayas power demand drops

The power consumption in the Visayas has dropped following the temporary shutdown of businesses due to the government-imposed enhanced community quarantine, the Department of Energy-Visayas Field Office said.

    Based on the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines’ Daily Load Profile, DOE said the Visayas grid peak demand of 2,186 megawatts on January 29 went down to 1,728MW on March 28.

    DOE Visayas said in the report that the decrease in power consumption was attributed to the stoppage or reduced operations of industrial and commercial establishments in the Visayas, particularly malls.