Iloilo province and Taytay, Rizal confirm first COVID-19 cases

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 21) — Taytay, Rizal and Iloilo province recorded their first COVID-19 cases on Saturday.

According to Taytay Public Information Office, the first COVID-19 victim from Barangay San Juan has died and has already been cremated.

The positive result was only confirmed after the victim’s cremation, the statement said.

The other COVID-19 patient from Taytay, who is also from Barangay San Juan, is currently confined at an unnamed hospital in Ortigas Avenue after experiencing symptoms of the disease.

The family of the second COVID-19 patient is currently under quarantine in their house.

Due to the first COVID-19 cases, the Taytay Municipal Health Office will lead a massive disinfection and fumigation around the municipality to further prevent the spread of the disease.

The Taytay police will also apprehend those who are loitering in the streets and those who are riding motorcycles and private vehicles with passengers aside from the driver.

In Iloilo province, Vice Governor Christine Garin broke the news of her area’s first COVID-19 case. 

No other details are available yet regarding the COVID-19 situation in the province.

The Philippines now has 307 confirmed COVID-19 cases, along with 19 deaths and 13 recoveries.