COVID-19 cases in Quezon City rise to 97

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 27 2020 12:43 AM | Updated as of Mar 27 2020 01:30 AM

(UPDATED) The Quezon City government late Thursday confirmed 10 new cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the city, raising the total to 97.

The new cases were recorded in barangays Bahay Toro, Mariblo, San Isidro Labrador, San Jose, West Triangle, Bagong Silangan, and Doña Imelda.

The city government also recorded one additional fatality, bringing the total to 14. There are also 2 new recoveries, bringing the total to 9.

Fourteen barangays were also placed under extreme enhanced community quarantine.

In an effort to contain the virus, decontamination efforts are ongoing in different barangays, city officials said.

As of Thursday, 51 barangays were disinfected.

Officials have also distributed 595,000 food packs to poor families across the city.

Mayor Joy Belmonte has signed Executive Order No. 24, Series of 2020, ordering a liquor ban in Quezon City until the end of the Enhanced Community Quarantine.

The local government also partnered with Rainbow Place Dormitory to provide temporary housing for frontliners experiencing discrimination in their place of residence.

The dormitory offers 80 rooms for health workers and frontliners from multiple public and private hospitals.

Meanwhile, almost 100 violators of the enhanced community quarantine were brought to the Batasan Police Station.

Some of them were minors.

At first offense, quarantine violators will only be reprimanded before being sent home.

At second offense, violators will be asked to do community service.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier placed the country under a state of public health emergency during the Luzon-wide community quarantine.

The health department has tallied a total of 707 cases of COVID-19 with 45 fatalities and 28 recoveries nationwide. - with a report from Jervis Manahan, ABS-CBN News