No COVID-19 death in Capiz

The streets of Roxas City are empty following the implementation of curfew on Wednesday from 8 pm to 5 am. (Contributed photo)

By Felipe V. Celino

ROXAS CITY, Capiz— A health official denied reports that a 30-year-old man died in a hospital here Thursday night due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

The health official, who asked not to be named, said that the man died of pneumonia.

The man came from Manila on March 15, 2020 on board a passenger ship. He was taken to the hospital the following day after suffering from cough and flu and was classified as a person under monitoring (PUM) due to his travel history.

Amid his death, the hospital will send his blood sample to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Manila for testing.

The barangay where he lives was reportedly under lockdown to monitor the residents’ health. The hospital where he was confined is also being monitored.

Meanwhile, 9 out of 29 persons under investigation (PUI) were found negative for the virus.

Based on the data of the Provincial Health Offfice, 12 are under home quarantine and 8 are in hospitals.

On the other hand, the province has 3,296 PUMs.


7 curfew violators nabbed

Meanwhile, seven persons were arrested for violating the curfew in Capiz.

The President Roxas police nabbed Vincent Belarde, Enzo Bade, and Robert Besonia, all residents of Marita village.

The three were first reprimanded by the punong barangay for drinking.

Village officials later called for police assistance after the three resisted. They are now detained at President Roxas police station.

Meanwhile, police in Mambusao, Capiz collared Vincent Acebog, 33, and Christian Adaniel, 30, both of Baragay Burias.

The two were caught on board a motorcycle during the curfew hours.

On the other hand, the village police of Brgy. Cagay here arrested a man and his sister Thursday night, also for violating the curfew.

Arrested were Justin Brillo, 18, and his 17-year-old sister while riding a motorcycle at Sitio San Isidro Brgy. Cagay here.

Justin told the tanod that they were in Brgy. Cagay to bring food to his girlfriend without knowing that it was already past 8 p.m.

Curfew hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. were imposed since March 18, 2020 based on Executive Order No. 11, series of 2020 issued by Capiz Governor Esteban Evan Contreras.