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Social gatherings send Allen town residents in panic

Elmer Recuerdo

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The encircled person is Allen Mayor Joey Suan taken during the gathering of Allen.

Two big social gatherings in Allen, Northern Samar that was attended by hundreds of town residents, have caused fear among its residents after a former town official was tested positive of coronavirus disease COVID-19.

The two social events – a birthday party of a former town official and a gathering with prize raffle of a local multipurpose cooperative – have drawn large crowds that failed to follow social distancing and proper wearing of masks.

A number of posts in social media identified the former official as former Allen Mayor Rod Laurean Suan but no confirmation has so far been issued both by the Department of Health and the Suan family. The other party was organized by the Allen Municipal Officials and Employees Multi-purpose Cooperative.

Suan was seen in the company of Northern Samar Congressman Paul Daza on a number of occasions during the latter’s recent visit to the province.

Daza, who was tested positive of COVID-19, had earlier advised those who had close contacts with him a few days before 16 August to undergo self-isolation.

The former mayor reportedly had a big birthday party on 17 August that was attended by town officials, relatives, and political supporters.

Suan also reportedly attended the gathering of Allen Municipal Officials and Employees Multi-purpose Cooperative last 22 August that drew in a much larger crowd due to a raffle of prizes.

Pictures and video of the two events are circulating on social media accounts among many Northern Samar residents who felt aghast with the violation of health protocols amid the pandemic.

Allen Mayor Joey Suan, brother of the former mayor, said 548 individuals have been identified as close contacts of the COVID-19 patient and they are now undergoing home quarantine and are not allowed to report to work and socialize with other people. He said he was tested negative of the virus.

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