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Muslim compound in Ilocos Sur town locked down amid COVID-19 outbreak

Muslim compound in Ilocos Sur town locked down amid COVID-19 outbreak

Health workers in Bantay, Ilocos Sur conduct an aggressive contact tracing to determine the virus carriers in a Muslim compound in village III. On May 3, at least 53 residents of the compound tested positive for COVID-19. Photo courtesy of Bantay Rural Health Unit

LAOAG CITY –– At least 53 residents of a Muslim compound in Bantay town in Ilocos Sur province have tested positive for COVID-19, authorities said on Monday, May 3.

The virus outbreak in the Muslim compound in village III came as Muslims across the country await the end of the Holy month of Ramadan, said Bantay Mayor Samuel Parilla in a statement.

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Parilla said mass swab testing was held at the Muslim compound on April 29, which yielded the bulk of the positive results among its residents.

Since April 30, the compound had been placed on lockdown to limit the movement of people to avert the virus spread, Parilla said.

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Bantay has logged around 138 COVID-19 cases, said Parilla.

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