CABANATUAN City -- Five days after President Rodrigo Duterte issued a Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine to contain the spread of COVID-19, Nueva Ecija recorded its first two positive cases of the virus.
The two positive COVID-19 cases are now being treated at the Dr. Paulino J. Garcia Memorial Research and Medical Center here, according to Gov. Aurelio M. Umali in his live social media feed and Nueva Ecija Task Force COVID-19 spokesman Father Arnold Abelardo, aired over the provincial government-run DWNE Teleradio Saturday evening.
Based on the Department of Health rules, Umali identified them only as patients number 285 and 286, both male, aged 43 and 45, respectively.
Patient 285 is a medical representative from Cabanatuan City who went to a public hospital in Metro Manila while patient 286 is a seaman who arrived from abroad and went home to San Isidro, Nueva Ecija.
Umali said Cabanatuan City Mayor Myca Elizabeth R. Vergara and San Isidro Mayor Vina E. Lopez were already informed of the patients for proper action.
“Hindi po biruan itong enhanced community quarantine, kaya sana po itong ipinapatupad ng ating mga alkalde ay seryosohin natin.
“Please take it seriously dahil ito po naman ay para sa ating lahat. Kaya as a community as a province as a member of the barangay just stay at home, so that you will not be able to contribute sa paglaganap nitong virus na pandemic na and we should all take this seriously,” Umali said.
The governor’s announcement came as Mayor Vergara immediately ordered a lockdown of the entire city effective 11:30 on Sunday.
According to an update from the NE-TF-COVID-19, Nueva Ecija has two confirmed cases of COVID-19, and a total of 58 PUIs (persons under investigation) with 21 admitted, 17 discharged, 19 awaiting results, and one fatality, and 20,668 PUMs (persons under monitoring) with 19,521 still under quarantine and 1,147 others already done with the 14-day quarantine.