After more than a week of undergoing medical treatment at a hospital, a couple from Cainta, Rizal province who tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) died on Thursday night, Mayor Johnielle Keith Pasion “Kit” Nieto revealed Friday.
The fatalities were a 62-year-old man, who had frequented a Muslim prayer hall in Greenhills, and his 59-year-old wife. Both had been confined at the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM).
Nieto said the two who live in Filinvest Subdivision died in the hospital.
“They died just hours apart, and they died from complications,” the mayor said in an interview.
Meanwhile, a nurse from Barangay San Andres who took care of the male patient at Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan City tested positive from COVID-19 and is currently undergoing treatment, Nieto said.
The mayor said he will implement a town-wide quarantine to prevent the virus from spreading.
“So, by virtue of that I was constrained to issue a quarantine declaration in Cainta effective 15 March which coincides on the effectivity of community quarantine in the whole NCR (National Capital Region) as announced by the President (Rodrigo Duterte) last night,” Nieto said.
Nieto met his heads of the offices to come out with their policy and parameters.
“In order to implement this, we have to consider the jobs of the people how it would be affected, the restriction of movement to what extent, the congregation of the people has been suspended, if we can stop price hoarding and if we need to lessen the government’s workforce,” Nieto said.
“Those are the five factors that we need consider when we put ourselves in quarantine because I don’t want to affect adversely the town’s business climate but at the same time to safeguard naman the health of my constituents,” the mayor added.