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Joy Belmonte, Quezon City
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte giving away subsidies.
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QC Mayor Joy Belmonte tests positive for COVID-19

(Philstar.com) - July 8, 2020 - 10:55am

MANILA, Philippines (Updated 11:18 a.m.) — Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said Wednesday that she tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

In a statement posted on Quezon City Government’s Facebook page, Belmonte said she is not experiencing any symptoms. “Nagpapasalamat po ako na agad itong natuklasan,” she added.

The QC mayor also said that the QC Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit immediately started its contact tracing procedures. Her office and the common areas at the city hall will also be temporarily closed for disinfection.

Belmonte, however, assured her constituents that services of the local government unit shall continue despite her undergoing quarantine.

“Even though my movement will be restricted, I will continue to focus on the situation and needs of the entire Quezon City,” she added.

She also said she has always known of the possibility that she may contract the coronavirus. She said in Filipino: “Due to visitation to our health centers and hospitals, special lockdown areas and other communities to learn about their situation, since the start, we know that there is a possibility for this to happen. But I do not regret this. I prepared myself and accepted this wholeheartedly.”

Belmonte added that she contracted the virus despite following all quarantine protocols, including wearing of face masks, frequent handwashing and practicing physical distancing.

“Kaya sana ay magsilbi itong paalala na ang COVID-19 ay tunay na isang kakaibang sakit na dapat pag-ingatan pa nang lubusan,” she added.

(I wish that this serves as a reminder that we should continue to take extreme caution against COVID-19 that is a truly extraordinary sickness.)

As of Tuesday, the Department of Health recorded a total of 47,873 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country. Death toll is at 1,309, while there are 12,386 who have so far recovered from the disease.

The number of active cases in the country stood at 34,178.  —  Kristine Joy Patag

 

Disclosure: Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte is a shareholder of Philstar Global Corp., which operates digital news outlet Philstar.com. This article was produced following editorial guidelines.

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LATEST UPDATE: February 15, 2021 - 8:53am

Follow this thread for updates on COVID-19 risk levels, safety measures, and data from Metro Manila's local government units.

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February 15, 2021 - 8:53am

The reopening of cinemas and similar establishments in Metro Manila will be deferred, according Metro Manila Council Chairman Edwin Olivarez.

Cinemas is Metro Manila will remain closed until all 17 mayors meet in person on Wednesday.

The mayors say they were not consulted on the order of the inter-agency task force on COVID-19 to ease restrictions on leisure establishments. — report from ONE News

February 9, 2021 - 8:33am

Pasay Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano goes on isolation after testing positive for COVID-19.

In a Facebook post, Calixto-Rubiano says she had herself tested after experiencing symptoms of the viral disease.

"Sa pangyayaring ito natin makikita na walang pinipili ang COVID 19 at talagang kailangan natin ang tulong ng pagpapabakuna at pananalangin sa Panginoon upang tuluyan nating mapagtagumapayan ang sakit na ito," she says.

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Posted by Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano on Monday, 8 February 2021
January 22, 2021 - 12:01pm

Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III, who has been cleared of criminal liability for a quarantine breach last year, was given special treatment by the Department of Health and Department of Justice, Akbayan Youth says in a statement.

The group says the junking of the complaint against Pimentel came as government officials were questioning the supposed special treatment of the University of the Philippines and Polytechnic University of the Philippines for requiring coordination with school authorities for military and police operations in their campuses.

"Nakakahiya (How shameful). What makes the likes of Sen. Koko and Duterte's other minions so special that they are free to abuse their positions and not required to obey our laws? 

"We expected more from our leaders to follow the rules, and even more to implement them fairly," the group says.

January 13, 2021 - 9:38pm

The Quezon City government says it is closely monitoring the case of a resident who trested positive for the new COVID-19 variant, which was first detected in the United Kingdom.

City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit says they are doing everything they can to trace and isolate, following the arrival of the patient from Dubai last January 7.

“We have to remain cautious and  vigilant to avert the spread of this new variant. What is important is we take care of the resident, and make sure we don’t sow panic in the community,” Mayor Joy Belmonte says.

January 12, 2021 - 4:27pm

Manila prohibits street parties, stage shows, parades, palarong kalye and other similar activities that will draw crowd in the community in Pandacan and Tondo areas for the nnual Feast Day of Sto. Nino on January 16 to 17.

In Executive Order 2, Mayor Isko Moreno says such activities during fiesta regulation, if not regulated, can be an easy medium of COVID-19 spread and transmission.

Selling of liquor and other alcoholic beverages within Pandacan and Tondo will also be banned on the same dates.

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