Mayor Richard Jaojoco said 700 houses in Barangay Bug-ang proper, Toboso, will be locked down for seven days starting Wednesday, April 7, following a spike in COVID-19 cases.
A Department of Education official from Barangay Bug-ang tested positive for COVID-19, and seven members of her family and one close contact have been infected, he said.
They are waiting for the test results of 20 other close contacts, he said.
The Toboso Inter-Agency Task Force decided to lockdown five puroks in Bug-ang proper to prevent residents from roaming around and spreading the virus, Jaojoco said.
Food assistance was delivered to the Bug-ang gym Tuesday, April 6, for distribution to the 700 houses on Wednesday, he said.
One essential pass will be provided for each household to allow a family member to go out for essential needs, the mayor said.
There are 15 active COVID-19 cases in Toboso – nine from Bug-ang, three policemen, a 79th Infantry Battalion soldier and two from the mayor’s office, Jaojoco said.
There have also been two recent deaths from COVID-19 in Toboso, he added.
Meanwhile, in Negros Occidental the active COVID-19 cases as of Monday, April 5, were 488 from 474 on Sunday.*