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INFECTED | Quezon City mayor tests positive for COVID-19
July 8, 2020 , 02:13 PM

(July 08, 2020) – The mayor of the city with the second highest number of COVID-19 cases in the country has tested positive for the virus, local government authorities confirmed on Wednesday.

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte announced the development on the local government’s Facebook page.

“Nais ko pong ipahayag sa lahat ng aking minamahal na QCitizens na ako po ay nag-positibo sa aking huling COVID-19 test. Nagpapasalamat po ako na agad itong natuklasan. Sa ngayon, maayos po ang aking kalagayan at wala po akong nararamdamang anumang sintomas,” Belmonte said.

She said her office and other common areas of the city hall would be temporarily closed for disinfection.

“Dahil sa pagdalaw sa ating mga health center at ospital, special concern lockdown areas at mga komunidad upang alamin ang kanilang mga pangangailangan, sa simula pa lang, batid na naming posibleng mangyari ito. Pero hindi ko po ito pinagsisisihan. Inihanda ko na po ang aking sarili at buong puso ko po itong tinatanggap,” Belmonte added.

The mayor assured her constituents that she will continue to work despite having limited movement during the quarantine period. She also reminded the public to continue enforcing minimum health standards such as wearing face masks, washing hands, and create social distancing.

Last Saturday, Belmonte met barangay officials to enforce quarantine rules after some residents violated protocols.

Reports said there have been instances of unauthorized activities under general community quarantine guidelines such as drinking sessions, boodle fights, wakes that exceeded limitations in durations and number of attendees, as well as basketball and volleyball games.

She also mentioned videoke sessions and birthday parties as causes of virus transmission in some areas.

As of July 7, confirmed coronavirus cases reached 3,869 in Quezon City, the highest in Metro Manila, and second to Cebu City.

Of these figures, 1,301 are active cases, 2,214 have recovered, while 247 have died. (Katrina Elaine Alba/AGD)

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