47 of 209 health protocol violators in Navotas test positive for COVID-19

A healthcare worker administers a confirmatory COVID-19 swab test to a Navotas City resident. (PIA NCR file photo)

CALOOCAN CITY, March 26 (PIA) -- At least 47 out of the 209 violators of health protocols strictly enforced in Navotas City have tested positive for COVID-19.

In a statement sent by the Navotas Public Information Office to PIA-NCR, it said that based on apprehensions conducted in the city from 16-19 March 2021, out of 209 who have undergone swab test, 47 were confirmed to be positive.

Navotas passed City Ordinance No. 2021-17 imposing a mandatory RT-PCR swab test as penalty for violation of safety protocols including curfew, wearing of face mask, and social distancing.

"This only shows that those who breached our safety protocols are very prone to COVID-19 infection and could become spreaders of the virus," Mayor Toby Tiangco said.

"We want the public to remain safe from this deadly disease, but our local government can only do so much. We need them to take responsibility of their health and follow the minimum safety standards," Mayor Toby added.

Tiangco reiterated his call to NavoteƱos to continue practicing the proper wearing of face mask and face shield, 1-2 meter social distancing, washing of hands, and staying home as much as possible.

"If we are concerned about our livelihood and putting food on our family's table, then let us follow the safety protocols. Let us make sure that our health is protected. We cannot go to work if we contract COVID-19," he reminded.

"COVID-19 does not only endanger our health but also our capability to provide for our family. That is why we need to do our part to remain safe from the disease and keep our loved ones safe, too," he added.

As of March 24, Navotas logged 7,585 cases with 6,321 recovered, 1,037 active and 227 deaths. (PIA NCR)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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