Navotas police sue family who contracted COVID-19 after hosting a party amid quarantine

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 6) — Police in Navotas City filed charges against a family who had a party despite quarantine restrictions and have now tested positive for COVID-19.

In a statement released Monday, Mayor Toby Tiangco said several residents of H. Mornoy Street in Barangay Navotas West attended a party on May 14, violating the prohibition of social gatherings issued at that time.

“The family’s utter disregard of safety regulations endangered their lives and all those living at H. Monroy. Their reckless act thwarted our efforts to prevent further transmission of COVID-19 and keep our people safe,” Tiangco said.

The street was put under lockdown from 5:01 a.m. of June 11, until 11:59 p.m. of June 24 after 14 residents tested positive for the virus.

Of the 14 cases, six were discovered to have attended the birthday celebration of a family member who was later confirmed to be COVID-19 positive.

Tiangco issued a warning against others who would violate restrictions.

Even if we don’t catch you in the act, we will file criminal charges against you if investigation showed you flouted the quarantine order,” he said.

On Monday, the DOH reported 2,099 new infections, with total cases now at 46,333.

Recovered patients exceeded 12,000, after 243 more got well. The total number of survivors is now at 12,185, which accounts for around one-fourth of the country’s confirmed cases.

However, the disease also resulted in the death of six more patients, raising the death toll to 1,303.