LAPU-LAPU City Mayor Junard Chan returned to office on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, after he tested negative for Covid-19.
Chan underwent a Covid-19 test after his daughter, Brgy. Pajo councilor Jasmine King Chan, was found positive for Covid-19.
Chan said his daughter is fine as she is asymptomatic.
He believes his daughter may have contracted the disease while working as part of the mass testing team in Brgy. Pajo.
Residents of Brgy. Pajo underwent free swab testing, courtesy of the city government on Thursday, Nov. 12, and 15 were found positive and are now in isolation.
The mass testing offered by the City is also one of the reasons that Pajo’s Covid-19 cases increased drastically since October.
Aside from Pajo, seven other barangays in the City with high Covid-19 cases were also visited by the city government for mass testing.
Chan urged his constituents to continue observing minimum health standards such as strict physical and social distancing, constant washing of hands and wearing of masks when outside the house.
Meanwhile, the Department of Health (DOH) reported 1,148 new Covid-19 cases in the country Tuesday, Nov. 17.
This brought the total number of confirmed cases to 410,718, with 374,543 recoveries and 7,862 deaths.
The DOH said the new cases brought the country’s active coronavirus infections to 28,313 as of 4 p.m. on Nov. 17. This is 6.9 percent of the total cases recorded.
The number of people who have recovered from the disease climbed further, with 186 additional recoveries reported.
The death toll also increased, with 23 new mortalities.
Majority of the new confirmed cases reported on Nov. 17 came from Cavite with 88 cases.
Other areas with high cases recorded in the last 24 hours include Quezon City with 52, Rizal (46), Baguio City (44) and City of Manila (44).
The DOH said 83.6 percent of the Covid-19 patients in the country have mild symptoms, while 8.2 percent are asymptomatic.
Patients with critical condition are about 5.1 percent, while 2.9 percent have severe condition. (LMY, GCM / JKV)