Cainta offers free face masks, alcohol refill to prevent the spread of COVID-19; mayor mulls extension of class suspension

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  • Face masks and alcohol refills were distributed by Cainta municipal government as efforts against COVID-19
  • The mayor shared that they will procure more face masks to be given to students when classes are resumed
  • He may consider extending the suspension of classes if the number of face masks is not yet enough for all the students

The Cainta local government has distributed face masks and offered free alcohol refills for residents as part of their increased measures in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

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Barangay health workers were tasked to go to their designated areas and give out the masks and alcohol refills. They were also asked to monitor the conditions in their community and report suspected cases.

Cainta Mayor Johnielle Keith Nieto said they will purchase additional N-95 and surgical masks, rubbing alcohol and disinfectant, which will be given to students when classes resume as a priority measure. Some 30,000 N-95 and surgical face masks, though, are already in their inventory.

If the target number of supplies will not be reached, the mayor is considering to extend the March 10 suspension of classes.

Health workers have then taken the chance to disinfect the classrooms of public schools.

A couple living in the area was tested positive last week. The husband is a 62-year-old man who visits a prayer hall in San Juan City. Later, the wife, 59, contracted the disease. She was admitted at the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine on March 5. Their four children were already quarantined since Saturday.

The president announced on Monday that the country has 24 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Earlier, he had declared a state of a public health emergency.

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The country has taken drastic measures to contain the spread of the virus by canceling major sporting events like the Palarong Pambansa. Voter registration was suspended until March 31.

Globally, the virus has infected more than 100,000 people, with China being the most affected. Casualties have surpassed the 4,000 mark. However, more than 60,000 have recovered.