Day 1 of strategic mass testing: Low turnout in Cebu City

CEBU, Philippines —  Turnout was low on the first day of targeted mass testing for COVID-19, at least in Cebu City, yesterday, May 6, 2020. Only 195 residents from three barangays agreed to submit themselves to the test – 83 in Basak San Nicolas, 63 in Inayawan, and 49 in Basak Pardo – a far cry from the city’s 2,000 …

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Retest eludes some Luz patients

Retest eludes some Luz patients Caecent No-ot Magsumbol (The Freeman) – May 7, 2020 – 12:00am CEBU, Philippines —  Asymptomatic patients housed at the barangay isolation center in Barangay Luz, Cebu City are hoping they can be retested as soon as possible so they would know their next actions now that they have completed the mandatory 14-day quarantine. Roy …

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Cebu City, Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu: Mass testing starts today

CEBU, Philippines —  The mass testing in Cebu City, Mandaue City, and Lapu-Lapu City begins today, May 6, as part of “Project Balik Buhay” initiated by the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV) in coordination with the Department of Health (DOH). The strategic testing will involve 10 percent of the total number of households per barangay in …

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21 days after test in Barrio Luz: Some residents learn they’re COVID positive

21 days after test in Barrio Luz: Some residents learn they’re COVID positive Caecent No-ot Magsumbol (The Freeman) – May 6, 2020 – 12:00am CEBU, Philippines —  It’s been 21 days since the first mass testing in Sitio Zapatera, Barangay Luz, Cebu City and the first batch of isolated asymptomatic patients is already done with their 14-day quarantine, yet …

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DOH-7 expects further rise: Cebu City cases surge past 1,000

DOH-7 expects further rise: Cebu City cases surge past 1,000 CEBU, Philippines —  The total number of recorded coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) positive cases in Cebu City has reached 1,090, data showed yesterday. Mayor Edgardo Labella announced 188 new cases in the city yesterday. Of the 188, 185 are from Barangay Mambaling; one is from Barangay Suba; one is …

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Police to monitor coastal barangays

Police to monitor coastal barangays Iris Hazel M. Mascardo (The Freeman) – May 5, 2020 – 12:00am CEBU, Philippines — The coastal barangays will be closely monitored for possible escape attempts, after two people from Labangon, Cebu City were arrested in Bohol after they managed to travel using a pumpboat last May 2. Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) Director …

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Unang batch sa gi-quarantine sa Brgy.. Luz mahuman na, apan

Unang batch sa gi-quarantine sa Brgy.. Luz mahuman na, apan Caecent No-ot Magsumbol (The Freeman) – May 4, 2020 – 12:00am CEBU, Philippines — Nakakompleto na sa ilang 14-adlaw nga quarantine diha sa isolation center sa Brgy. Luz diha sa Bo. Luz Elementary School sa Cebu City ang unang batch nga pulos positibo sa coronavirus (COVID-19) apan mga asymptomatic …

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Amid COVID, exorcist warns: Demons prey on the weak

CEBU, Philippines — An exorcist has warned that evil spirits may take advantage of the vulnerabilities of the people in these trying times, may it be in the economic, social, or physical respect. The source, a member of the Philippine Association of Catholic Exorcists, told The FREEMAN that people should therefore strive to strengthen their physical and spiritual well-being these …

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