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536 OFWs in Middle East, Africa die of the deadly coronavirus disease

June 27, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — A total of Five Hundred Thirty-Six overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in the Middle East Countries and Africa, have died of the deadly coronavirus disease, the Department of Foreign Affairs reported.   In a bulletin Friday issued by the DFA, it reported that there is a continued rise in the cases of Filipinos infected by covid-19, particularly in the Middle East and African countries. The latest are 56 new cases from said region in Asia as well as in the African region. DFA reported that as of today, June 26, there are now a total of 8,417 Filipinos who were confirmed cases of the deadly disease. DFA said out of 8,417 confirmed cases, 5,081 persons have recovered of the virus, while 536 have lost their lives. DFA said at least 2000 persons are still undergoing treatment “Today, the DFA reports that the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases among Filipinos abroad breached the 8,400 mark with 56 cases mostly in the Middle East and Africa,” DFA said in a statement.

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Exec assures public Misor can handle influx of Covid-19 cases

June 25, 2020

A senior official from the province of Misamis Oriental has confirmed that the province has now six sonfirmed cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) but the provincial government has assured that it can manage the influx of returning residents. Atty. Jeffrey Caudor Saclot, the provincial inter-agency task force spokesperson, said  that “if there is a surge, the province can handle it.” Saclot said all the 23 towns, including the two component cities in the province are prepared for the arrival of locally stranded individuals (LSIs) and returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs). Aside from the provincial government initiative, Saclot said the municipal and city governments have set up quarantine facilities for the arriving persons and isolation units for those tested positive for the coronavirus. In a recent interview, Erick Cañosa, the mayor of Gingoog, one of the province’s component cities, said they have the capacity to accommodate incoming residents. “We have prepared for the new arrivals. We will heartily accept them because they are from Gingoog,” he said. Gingoog has recorded three Covid-19 cases, two of whom, a 30-year-old man and his one-year-old child, have already recovered. Both were asymptomatic. Gingoog’s latest Covid-10 case is a 22-year-old male who arrived from Cebu City on June 19. He tested positive June 21. The third Gingoog patient is the fifth Covid-19 case in the province. Rey Buhisan, Magsaysay town mayor and chapter president of the League of the Municipalities of the Philippines in Misamis Oriental, said the challenge for local government officials is how they can swiftly respond to arriving residents, especially those located far from the Laguindingan Airport. “With the limited resources that we have, we are trying our best to sustain our support to our returning residents. And once they are PUM [persons under monitoring], we will support them through food assistance,” he added.

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(photo essay) Misor closes tourist spot due to Covid-19

June 25, 2020

In photos are some of the tourist spots in Gingoog City, a componenet city in MIsamis Oriental and Claveri town in Misamis Oriental.

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9-month old baby in Misamis Occidental tests positive of Covid-19

June 23, 2020

MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL (MDN Mindanao News) - Provincial Governor Philip Tan of this province has confirmed to the media that a nine-month-old baby was confirmed positive the other day and among the latest positive cases recorded in the province, bringing the total number of cases to 15 as of June 22, 2020. But Governor Tan was also quick to announced that the baby is now on stable condition and being strictly watched and closely monitored by medical frontliners. The baby, Tan said, was among the 8 new cases of covid-19 positive in the province. Recently 20 patients were taken swab samples and eight of them were confirmed positive of the deadly coronavirus disease (covid-19). Tan said the eight new cases in the province were composed of seven Locally-stranded individuals from Cebu including the 9-month old baby, while one was a local resident of the province. "So far there was no report that the baby was having trouble breathing," the governor told the media. The baby is now brought to the provincial hospital for care and monitoring, while other patients are now at the quarantine facility of the province.  Hes said recently, around 20 swab samples were sent to the Department of Health for final confirmatory test and the result confirmed that eight residents of the province tested positive of the virus. As this developed, Governor Tan asked for more prayers for the frontliners and the people as well to follow basic protocols and safety precautionary measures such as social distancing, wearing of facemask, regular hand washing and staying at home to prevent further transmission of the deadly virus.     "If you love your family, wear a face mask, maintain social distancing, wash hands, practice personal hygiene, stay at home and as much as possible avoid crowded places," Tan concluded.   

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15 down, mostly childrenin Manticao birthday buzz

June 22, 2020

MANTICAO, Misamis Oriental--Fifteen people, including children were hospitalized after eating a contaminated birthday cake during a birthday party here, disaster officials said Wednesday. Francisco Dy, Jr., head of Misamis Oriental’s disaster risk reduction management, said that the victims include a 3-year-old child and a 30-year-old adult. He said that the victims attended a birthday party Wednesday night where they reportedly consumed a contaminated birthday cake. Doctors at the Manticao Municipal Hospital traced the contamination to the birthday care after conducting an examination of the foods that the victims had consumed during the party. The victims were admitted at the town’s hospital, but were later on sent home after undergoing treatment, Dy said.

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P12m worth of property destroyed in Carmen fire

June 22, 2020

CAGAYAN de Oro City—Fire authorities are still investigating the Monday dawn fire that struck Mabolo Street in Barangay Carmen at dawn on Monday. District fire Marshall Supt Allan Cabut said his investigators are still trying to investigate the fire the fire that leveled 80 houses in Mabolo Street in Barangay Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City at dawn on Monday. Cabut said the fire that lasted about 30 minutes before firemen put out the fire destroyed Php12 million worth of property. “Some 80 houses were destroyed and our fire investigators are still investigating the cause of the fire. Although, Cabut said the fire started from the house of a certain Roger Cabañeros.” Cabut said it took hours before firemen manage to put out the fire due to lack of access road and the availability of firemen who help put our the fire during the fire incident. “Some fire volunteer fire brigades did not send their fire volunteers for fear of the Coronavirus Disease Covid-19),” Cabut said. Cabut said no one was injured in the fire incident.  

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