• Melo Acuna

Unauthorized persons outside of residence will be dealt with accordingly

COVID-19 positive cases now 5,453, deaths now at 349 as stricter rules up for implementation

MANILA – The Department of Health today announced an increase of at least 230 new COVID-19 cases as of 4:00 P.M. today as authorities disclosed 14 new deaths which brought the toll to 349. The authorities reported 58 new recoveries now with a total of 353.

Over in Malacanang, Cabinet Secretary and IATF-EID spokesperson Karlo Alexie Nograles said the National Water Resources Board reports it has given full water allocation of 46 cubic meters per second to MWSS from Angat Reservoir until end of April this year to ensure continuous water supply for Metro Manila residents.

He added the Department of Energy disclosed there is enough electric supply of 11,795 MW, greater than the peak demand of 7,323 MW in Luzon.

“We have an excess capacity of 4,742 MW for the main island of Luzon,” Nograles said. The one-month grace period still exists according to the inter-agency spokesperson.

As far as the Department of Health’s activities, Secretary Nograles said the identification, treatment and care for people with COVID-19 remain their top priority. As of yesterday, the DOH reported 43,500 tests conducted on 38,103 individuals. There are still 99,750 test kits with more arriving in due time.

Nationwide, the government has established 2,705 quarantine facilities with a bed capacity of 166,435 have been built. These facilities now serve 1,644 confirmed, probably and suspected COVID-19 cases. There are now 29 evacuation centers used as quarantine facilities serving some 494 suspect, probable or possible cases.

Based on President Duterte’s directives, the Philippine National Police will strictly impose the policy on Authorized Persons Outside of Residence as the Highway patrol Group will inspect private vehicles to determine whether the driver or the passengers have been authorized or not. Should the driver or the passengers are found to be unauthorized, they will be issued citation tickets. (Melo M. Acuña)


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