Navotas Mayor Toby Tiangco warns rise of COVID cases might lead to shutdown of local govt services

Another Navotas City healthcare worker receives her first dose of Sinovac's CoronaVac vaccine against COVID-19 as the local government steps up its efforts to curb COVID-19 trajectory. (Navotas PIO photo)

CALOOCAN CITY, March 27 (PIA) -- Navotas Mayor Toby Tiangco today expressed apprehension that the steady increase of cases of COVID-19 in the country, more particularly in the city, might lead to the shutdown of local government services.

Five of 18 barangay halls had been locked down after some of their employees tested positive for COVID-19.

The barangay halls of San Jose, Bangkulasi, San Rafael Village, North Bay Boulevard North, and North Bay Boulevard South-Proper had been closed temporarily for disinfection and to prevent further transmission of the virus.

"Our barangay official and employees underwent swab test from March 13-19. Among those tested, 142 turned out positive, forcing us to close some barangay halls," Mayor Toby said.

"Because of the lockdowns, services of the barangays have been affected. There were fewer tanods to patrol alleys and streets, or garbage collectors to pick up wastes," Tiangco noted.

"Even our city hall and the out-patient department of the Navotas City Hospital had to close down for two weeks due to COVID cases. If this continues, we will soon face the difficulty of providing basic services to our constituents," he further said.

Tiangco reiterated his call to the public to follow the safety protocols such as the proper wearing of face mask and face shield, 1-2 meter social distancing, washing of hands, and staying home as much as possible.

"We have confirmed cases of the more transmissible COVID variants - B117 or the UK variant and B1351 or the South African variant. We must double our efforts to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe from the disease," he reminded.

The Department of Health earlier confirmed that Navotas had 10 cases of B117 and one B1351.

As of March 25, the city recorded 239 new cases of COVID-19, raising the total to 7,861. (PIA NCR)



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

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