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Toby Tiangco confirms 1st COVID case, patient dies

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Navotas Mayor Toby Tiangco announced Saturday, March 28, the first positive case of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the city.

In a Facebook live video, Tiangco said the COVID-19 patient was rushed to the Navotas City Hospital (NCH) on March 24 due to breathing difficulty. He also had tuberculosis and died shortly after admission.

The Navotas City Health Office is conducting extensive information-gathering and contact tracing to minimize the risk and contain the spread of the disease.

As of March 28, Navotas has 125 persons under monitoring (PUMs) and 21 PUIs under quarantine or admitted at NCH. Of the four other PUI deaths, one came out negative and three are awaiting test results from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine.

Tiangco warned that the number of COVID-19 patients to increase unless residents take heed of the call to stay home and abide by the enhanced community quarantine.

“Our first COVID-19 casualty lived in a densely populated area. It is also where our Task Force NavoDAMPOT apprehends most of the violators of home quarantine. Unless, we follow the quarantine rules, we can expect more cases of COVID-19 in our city,” he said.

“Italy recorded 919 deaths in one day. Let us not wait for this to happen in Navotas. We do not have the facilities nor the workforce to contain such widespread contagion of the disease,” Tiangco added.

The mayor urged residents to stay at home to prevent the virus from spreading further.