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Iloilo town traces 200 contacts of Covid-positive councilor

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Manila, June 3 — The Contact Tracing Task Force of Igbaras town, Iloilo has identified and located all the 200 contacts of the 55-year-old male municipal councilor who tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) on Monday.

Of these contacts, 50 were already swabbed on Tuesday and the other 50 were swabbed Wednesday, Igbaras Mayor Jaime Esmeralda, told the Philippine News Agency in an interview.

Another batch of 100 contacts will also undergo Covid-19 swab testing on Thursday, he said.

“I confirm that our positive case is an SB (Sanggunian Bayan) member and almost all our local government unit personnel are identified as high-risk contacts,” said Esmeralda, who is also a medical doctor.

The Covid-19 positive councilor has also undergone re-swabbing on Tuesday as the mayor wants to confirm his test result.

Esmeralda said the councilor stayed in Igbaras for two and a half months but went once to Iloilo City last May 1.

He is considering the possibility that the councilor might have caught the infection from an asymptomatic carrier in Igbaras.

“I have a little doubt (in the positive result). If we say it’s a false positive, it is a very little chance. We will see the result again in his re-test to confirm,” he said.

The reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test of the councilor, along with other LGU personnel and contacts, will be processed at the Western Visayas Medical Center sub-national laboratory.

Due to the town’s Covid-19 case, transactions in the local government has been paralyzed since Tuesday.

Esmeralda said “almost all” of the LGU personnel, including him, will have to observe quarantine and would be monitored for signs and symptoms.

“All the transactions in the municipal hall are suspended because almost all our personnel are under monitoring. We will resume work after a week or until such time that we can assure safety and the absence of local transmission,” he said.

The municipal hall is also being subjected to disinfection, he said.For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at contentservices@htlive.com
Copyright 2012. Philippines News Agency

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PBA awaits IATF nod on return to practice

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Manila, June 4 — The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) is set to submit a list of guidelines regarding how teams can practice again during the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.

PBA board chairman Ricky Vargas said this following the board’s first physical meeting Wednesday at its office in Quezon City. He said that Commissioner Willie Marcial may submit the protocols to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) as early as Thursday.

“There are some people who offered to help us to follow this up with the IATF,” Vargas added.

The proposed guidelines are said to be stricter than the rules provided by FIBA regarding the resumption of training.

Marcial said that only six people, four players, one trainer, and another staff member, will be allowed to practice at a certain time.

Once their time is up, they must quickly leave the practice facility to make way for the next batch of players and staff members.

“It’s a process; dahan-dahan lang (we’re taking it slowly),” said PBA board vice chairman Bobby Rosales.

The practice hall should also be disinfected before and after training.

Vargas and Rosales added that players who have not yet been tested for Covid-19 are not allowed to join the practice.

“Testing is a must. Hindi puwedeng bumalik kung walang testing (They cannot return if there is no testing),” Vargas said.

Players from the San Miguel Corporation-owned clubs have already tested negative for Covid-19, while testing will also be done to the players of the MVP Group-owned teams by next week.

Once approved, teams can return to practice by the end of June provided that all the players are free from the virus.For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at contentservices@htlive.com
Copyright 2012. Philippines News Agency

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House panel okays extension of Duterte’s special powers

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Manila, June 4 — The House of Representatives Committee of the Whole on Wednesday night approved a measure to extend President Rodrigo Duterte’s special powers under Republic Act 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Law for another three months or up to September 30.

The lower House constituted itself into a Committee of the Whole to approve a substitute bill consolidating House Bills 6811, 6868, 6952, and House Resolution 910.

The special powers granted to the President to combat the Covid-19 health emergency is only valid for three months, unless extended by Congress. The law was signed on March 24, 2020.

Another provision specified in the proposed measure is a PHP162-billion standby fund to support response measures to address the Covid-19 pandemic.

This standby fund includes PHP12 billion for the procurement of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing and extraction kits; PHP18 billion for the implementation of the cash-for-work program; PHP5 billion for the implementation of the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation Program; PHP21 billion for the unemployment or involuntary separation assistance for displaced workers; and PHP50 billion for the infusion of capital to government financial institutions.

Also included in the funding are various forms of financial assistance for affected sectors: PHP21 billion for the agricultural sector; PHP21 billion for the transportation industry; PHP10 billion for the tourism industry; and PHP4 billion for the education sector.For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at contentservices@htlive.com
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Warm, humid weather in Luzon, Visayas on Thursday

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Manila, June 4 — Warm and humid weather, with chances of thunderstorms especially in the afternoon or evening will be experienced over Luzon and Visayas on Thursday, a weather specialist said.

Samuel Duran of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Mindanao, on the other hand, will experience fair weather with chances of thunderstorms.

This weather condition is caused by the easterlies affecting the eastern sections of Visayas and Mindanao, he said.

Light to moderate winds with slight to moderate seas will prevail over the whole country.

Duran said the low-pressure area (LPA) that PAGASA has been monitoring has a low chance of becoming a typhoon.

The LPA, last spotted 510 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes or 595 kilometers east northeast of Calayan, Cagayan, may dissipate in the next hours, he said.For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at contentservices@htlive.com
Copyright 2012. Philippines News Agency

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