23 APORs in Zambo City are COVID-19 positive

ZAMBOANGA CITY, April 8 (PIA) – A number of new cases of COVID-19 in Zamboanga City are among Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APORs), them being frequent travelers in and out of the City, as per the city’s COVID-19 data tracker. 

As of April 6 there are 216 active cases in Zamboanga City; 157 of the total active cases are from the community, 35 from the Bureau of Correction, 23 are APOR, 2 are returning residents and 1 is a detainee. 

Mayor Beng Climaco said that negative RT-PCR test result must be required of the APORs  whenever they come to the city. The “No swab test, No entry” policy strictly applies to all coming to Zamboanga City regardless of the nature of their travels and length of their stay in the city. She also cited community transmission as another factor in the unabated increase of COVID-19 cases in the city. 

Moreover, to further stem the tide of COVID-19 positive cases in the city, the chief executive has ordered guidelines on social gatherings, leisure facilities like beach resorts and other modes of public gatherings.

The City Health Office remains vigilant in monitoring the number of COVID-19 cases and detecting any presence of the new strains of the virus in Zamboanga. During last Monday’s virtual presser, city health officer Dr. Dulce Miravite assured Zamboangueños that her office is not letting its guard down with respect to the UK and South African variants of the COVID virus.

“There is no evidence that we have the new strains but we continue to monitor and send samples for genomic sequencing,” she said.

Meanwhile, the third batch of vaccines arrived in Zamboanga City International Airport on April 7, 2021 with a total of 14,400 vials of Sinovac. These are intended for the first and second dose of those under the A1 priority or health care workers in Zamboanga Peninsula Region. (RVC/MLE/PIA9-Zamboanga City)

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

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