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Kananga army camp on lockdown as 20 soldiers contract COVID-19

TACLOBAN CITY – An army camp in Kananga, Leyte has been placed on lockdown after 20 soldiers contracted coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The 93rd Infantry Battalion based in Brgy. Aguiting of said town is being supported with food and supplies by the local government unit of Kananga and other units of the Philippine Army since no one is allowed to enter or leave the camp.

According to Mayor Matt Torres, the cases started from one of the soldiers who tested positive for the virus after returning from an operation in San Isidro, Leyte on October 10. He was admitted to Ormoc Doctors’ Hospital in Ormoc City after suffering from flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, and vomiting. 

He, along with his close contacts, underwent swab testing wherein 20 have been confirmed to have contracted the virus.

The LGU has also temporarily suspended the operation of its Rural Health Unit (RHU) since its personnel are under quarantine after attending to the said COVID-19 patients.

Torres said Kananga has 23 active COVID-19 cases. Of these, three are Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs) admitted in their quarantine facility, while the soldiers are isolated in their camp.

The official urged everyone to remain calm as they conduct contact tracing for possible contacts of the soldiers outside the camp. By Marie Tonette Marticio



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