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More COVID-19 cases turning up among returnees from virus hot spot Cebu

/ 07:52 PM June 23, 2020

BACOLOD CITY—Three more natives of Negros Occidental who had been stranded in Cebu and came home recently were positive for coronavirus, according to provincial officials.

The latest cases involved a 25-year-old woman from Sagay City, a 21-year-old man from Hinigaran town and  a 23-year-old patient from Escalante City.

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The Department of Health (DOH) also reported 12 other  COVID-19 cases involving stranded individuals in Iloilo on Monday (June 22), bringing the total number of cases in Western Visayas to 197.

Rayfrando Diaz, provincial administrator, said officials were trying to further speed up the release of test results by the Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City to clear the backlog of test results.

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“The faster the results are released, the quicker we can release occupants in provincial government and local government quarantine facilities”, he said.

As of Monday (June 22) at least 300 natives of Negros Occidental are still stranded in Cebu awaiting repatriation.

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