9 family members catch COVID-19 from partygoers

Raymund Catindig - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — Nine members of a family are the latest coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19 cases in Tuguegarao City in Cagayan, the infection of which was traced to a party hosted by a village official two weeks ago.

The city health office said eight of the new patients were asymptomatic.

Eight relatives of the new cases had earlier been infected after they were exposed to those who attended the party.

Tuguegarao has 60 active cases.

The city inter-agency task force on COVID-19 placed Barangay Linao West on lockdown until Saturday to contain the spread of the virus.

A liquor ban was also enforced in the city until the end of this month.

In Pangasinan, Dagupan City Mayor Brian Lim issued an executive order banning the entry of fish traders from other areas to stop the transmission of the virus.

The Dagupan Fish Consignacion and Ice Dealers’ Association sought the ban after many fish vendors are among the latest cases.

Most fish traders in the city are from Zambales, Bulacan, Pampanga, Laguna and Metro Manila.

The city has recorded more than 80 active cases as of Tuesday.

Lim ordered the closure of public markets in the city every first and third Thursday of the  month for disinfection.

Cavite golf course closed

Meanwhile, Cavite Gov. Juanito Victor Remulla ordered the closure of Sherwood Hills Golf Club in Cavite over the holding of a tournament last week.

Remulla said it was learned that 91 club members held a tournament.

“We shall await the response of the club management before we decide to allow its reopening,” Remulla said in a post on Facebook.

He said the activity violated the prohibition on mass gathering.

In Ifugao, a public high school teacher is the first confirmed case in Hungduan town.

Mayor Casan Dumulag said the teacher, who tested positive for the virus on Tuesday, reported for work a day after she arrived from Bukun, Benguet on Sept. 13 to visit her mother. – Eva Visperas, Emmanuel Tupas

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