San Juan resets public events amid virus case

March 07, 2020

THE local  government of San Juan City has postponed public activities planned for this weekend and next week following the first local case of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) involving a 62-year-old man who regularly visited a prayer hall in the city.

Meanwhile, Greenhills Shopping Center in San Juan has completed its sanitation work, as its management continues to implement precautionary measures against the threat of COVID-19.

“A thorough sanitation of the entire mall was completed in compliance with the protocols and procedures of the Department of Health (DOH),” the management said in a statement posted on its Facebook page on Saturday.

“Also, the prayer room was sanitized under the direct supervision of the DOH,” the statement added.

The management said precautionary measures in compliance with the guidelines of the Health department have been put in place following the confirmation of the first local case of COVID-19.

San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora said he convened the city’s Coronavirus Task Force on Friday afternoon and ordered vigilance against the spread of the virus.

“As a further step to avoid the spread of the virus, the city government is postponing planned public activities this weekend and in the coming week,” Zamora said in a statement.

The DOH on Friday reported the first local case of COVID-19 in the Philippines, involving a 62-year-old Filipino man who had no history of travel overseas.

The Health department and the city government have also started the contact tracing to determine those who have come in contact with the patient.

Zamora further said they are also coordinating with the Cardinal Santos Medical Center (CSMC) and the Greenhills Shopping Center on the proper protocols for preventing the spread of the disease.