Covid-19 death elicits near panic

News, Provincial

TALAVERA, Nueva Ecija – The recent death of a 63-year old man of Barangay Marcos in this municipality from Covid-19, the fourth such casualty in this province, had reportedly elicited near hysteria among neighbors were it not for the prompt intervention of local health and municipal officials for them and those from nearby communities to stay calm and not panic as everything are under control.

of this town have called on the public not to panic amid the death of a 63-year old resident of Barangay Marcos here due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) on Thursday.

Talavera Mayor Nerivi Santos-Martinez said the casualty, tagged as Nueva Ecija’s Patient 76, was fetched from Manila by relatives on June 4 onboard a private vehicle. They managed to reach home without appropriate papers because it was already general community quarantine at the time and their arrival was not widely noticed.

The mayor said the patient visited two health clinics and was admitted to a hospital on June 29 in Cabanatuan City where he died on July 2. He was immediately cremated as required under existing health protocols.

Dr. Yolanda Lucas, Talavera municipal health officer, said the man had co-morbidity of coronary heart disease. His residence and adjoining establishments, including the clinics he had visited have been disinfected.

“Please let us not panic. Avoid spreading fake news and do not discriminate against the victim’s family because they are already in isolation,” Mayor Martinez appealed.

The mayor called on her constituents to strictly observe and practice health protocols such as safe physical distancing, proper hand washing, wearing of face masks, and staying at home unless compelled by necessity to go out,

Talavera Association of Barangay Councils president Nerito Santos Jr. said a lockdown has been imposed over parts of Purok 3 of Barangay Marcos and parts of Barangay Esguerra.

Of the 76 recorded positive Covid-19 cases in Nueva Ecija, eight are active, 64 have fully recovered, while four have died, according to the provincial inter-agency task force. (With Marilyn Galang, PNA)

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