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This Week in Central Luzon (August 29 to September 4, 2020)

Central Luzon has surpassed 4,000 COVID-19 cases in late August.

By: Antonette Louise Guiao | August 29, 2020
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Central Luzon has recorded a total of 4,023 confirmed cases, passing the 4,000 mark. Provinces in the area are continuously implementing additional safety protocols to keep their residents safe and to lower the risk of the spread of the virus. For one, establishments like malls are now requiring individuals to wear full face shields along with face masks. Isolation facilities are also being offered for workers who tested positive for COVID-19.

Transportation News: Subic ports reopened by the Marina

The ports of Subic and Bataan have been reopened by the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina). This will allow crews to safely rotate on and off ships to go home to their provinces. According to Marina Administrator Robert Empedrad, Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade instructed the opening of the ports of Subic, Bataan, Cebu, Davao, and other ports in the country. The agency also expanded the accredited ports for crew change to track the deployment of seafarers. [1]

Shopping News: SM Pampanga requires full face shields for mall-goers

In compliance with the safety protocols imposed by the local government, SM Pampanga released a public advisory requiring all mall-goers to wear full face shields and face masks when entering the mall. This is effective starting August 22, 2020. [2]

Health News

Central Luzon’s COVID-19 cases surpass 4,000 mark

According to the Department of Health’s August 21 bulletin, the number of COVID-19 cases in Central Luzon has surpassed the 4,000 mark. A total of 4,023 cases have been confirmed in the area. 2,227 cases are all from Bulacan, making it the province with the highest cases, followed by Pampanga with 628 cases and Bataan at third with 562 cases.

Bulacan also recorded the highest number of deaths at 65, Pampanga at second with 20, and Bataan at third with 16 deaths. An increase in the number of confirmed cases were also recorded in provinces including Nueva Ecija (264), Zambales (134), and Tarlac (129). Out of the 4,023 cases, 400 are still admitted in government hospitals while 1,653 have been discharged to complete the 14-day quarantine at home. [3]

Subic Gym offered for isolation of infected workers

Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority offered Subic Gym, now a community isolation facility, for the isolation of workers at the Subic container terminal who tested positive for COVID-19. SBMA Chairwoman Wilma Eisma mentioned this in a meeting last Wednesday, August 19, along with the officials of the Department of Health, the World Health Organization, and the Subic Bay International Terminal Corporation. As per the latest count, a total of 29 workers tested positive for COVID-19. Eisma emphasized that SBMA has long prepared the Subic Gym as early as April for this kind of scenario. The gym was converted into a 32-bed isolation facility complete with work and rest quarters for medical personnel. [4]

Go to Yoorekka for more COVID-19 updates in Central Luzon.

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About Antonette Louise Guiao
Antonette is a writer, a night owl, an extrovert, and a BTS ARMY. Her spare time is consumed by drawing digital vector art, sleeping, binge-watching Netflix series, and learning how to cook. An adventurer by heart, she aspires to travel the world with her family, try extreme outdoor activities, and taste all sorts of food in different countries.
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