MERGE COVID VICTIM. Magikland in Silay City was a promising boost to Negros Occidental’s tourism industry until COVID-19 came along* (Nonoy Catugas photo)

BM, 5 Bago frontliners
test positive for Covid
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A Negros Occidental board member from the north and five members of the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office in Bago City have tested positive for COVID-19.

Board Member Samson Mirhan tested positive for the virus, Cadiz Mayor Salvador Escalante confirmed yesterday.

Mirhan could not be reached for comment, as of press time. moremoremore

Negros officials insist
on ROFs’ quarantine

Returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) will be required to stay in government quarantine facilities on their arrival in Negros Occidental.

That was the consensus reached by Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and the 31 mayors of Negros Occidental in a virtual meeting yesterday.

Lacson, in a letter to Office of Civil Defense Director Jose Roberto Nuñez, chair of the Regional Task Force on COVID-19, said he and the 31 mayors of Negros manifest their stand that ROFs must be tested and quarantined in the place of their final destination. moremoremore


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Give extra attention to public
spaces in fight versus Covid-19

Business leader Frank Carbon is asking local government units in Negros Occidental to give “extra attention” to public spaces that could be sources of coronavirus disease.

Carbon, chief executive officer of the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said there is a “big possibility” that the local transmission came from public markets, terminals, banks, business process outsourcing, and offices as these areas are crowded, frequently visited, with no social distancing, and that not everyone wears face masks and shields.

He said he is hoping that local government officials, including the barangay leaders, could give extra attention to these areas as he urged the public to be “extra cautious” when visiting these places.