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Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte giving away subsidies.
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QC Mayor Joy Belmonte tests positive for COVID-19
( - 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 This article was produced following editorial guidelines.

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LATEST UPDATE: August 8, 2020 - 9:55am

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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August 8, 2020 - 9:55am

St. Luke's Medical Center announces that its COVID-19 wards and ICUs in Bonifacio Global City and Quezon City are at full capacity. 

"We would like to request those who require immediate care to seek COVID-related treatment from other healthcare facilities until our hospitals are able to accommodate COVID cases again," it says in a statement posted on Facebook.

August 6, 2020 - 7:05pm

Restrictions on transportation during the August 1-18 Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine will be more lenient  than during the previous lockdown, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease says in a press release.

Tricycles will be allowed to ply routes but are limited to just one passenger while pillion riding on motorcycles will be allowed "provided that they have the IATF-approved barrier installed."

Passengers will not be limited to the driver's spouse or partner.

August 4, 2020 - 11:04am

Quezon City reimposes its liquor ban in light of the Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine declared over Metro Manila.

Under the ban, selling or distributing alcoholic beverages is prohibited "from August 4, 2020 to August 18, 2020 (or until expiration of the MECQ, if MECQ is further extended)."

Previously, selling of alcoholic beverages was allowed from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. with limits on how much alcohol could buy.

Drinking is allowed in private residences.



August 3, 2020 - 2:37pm

The Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila will be on lockdown for two weeks starting August 3 to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the campus. With this, employees will be adopting a work from home arrangement for the time being.

The university currently has four confirmed cases, two recovered patients and one death among employees with three probable and one suspect cases.

“We are taking this two-week timeout as an extra precaution as we acknowledge the current health situation in our campus, in the City of Manila, and in the country. We are hoping that in our own way, we can prevent further COVID-19 infections within our community,” PLM President Emmanuel Leyco said. 

August 3, 2020 - 12:32pm

Coronavirus cases in the Philippines may reach 220,000 by the end of August if Metro Manila remains under general community quarantine, UP Professor Ranjit Rye says.

Now that Metro Manila and nearby provinces will return to modified GCQ, there would be 50,000 to 70,000 cases less, he adds.

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