Naval town, Biliran, placed under 24-hour lockdown as 1st COVID-19 case confirmed

Jennette Ruedas, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 03 2020 09:31 PM

The town of Naval in Biliran was placed under 24-hour lockdown after a resident tested positive for COVID-19.

The Department of Health in Eastern Visayas on Wednesday confirmed two new cases of COVID-19 in the region, bringing the total to 47.

Patient EV 44 is a 43 year-old male and a repatriate, who went home from Luzon using a private vehicle.

Currently, the patient is at an isolation facility.

Patient EV 45 is a 19 year-old male and a student.

The patient went to Manila from Baguio City and was quarantined there for 14 days. He then traveled from Manila to Catbalogan City by private car before going to Tacloban City. The following day, he went home to Naval on a public utility vehicle.

With this development, the local government of Naval ordered a 24-hour lockdown in the municipality starting 2 p.m. Wednesday.

"We hope you understand, we have to do this while the authorities are conducting contact tracing, it will be easy if all of us will stop moving first," Naval Mayor Gerard Espina said.

As of Wednesday, the Philippines has a total of 19,748 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Of this number, 4,153 have recovered and 974 died.