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Virus outbreak hits 89 inmates in Ilocos Norte

/ 04:30 AM December 01, 2020

Ilocos Norte logged 92 cases of the coronavirus on Sunday, the highest in a day in the province, and 89 of them were inmates at the provincial jail in the capital city of Laoag, where a virus outbreak was first reported on Nov. 26, officials said.

The infected detainees did not show symptoms and contracted the virus from jail guards, according to jail officials.

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Due to the outbreak, the jail was placed on lockdown and was declared a critical zone. On Nov. 27, Gov. Matthew Manotoc put Laoag under stricter modified enhanced community quarantine indefinitely due to the spike in COVID-19 infections, citing medical data and existing Department of Health guidelines. The city was previously under modified general community quarantine.—YOLANDA SOTELO INQ

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