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House-to-house check on COVID-19 patients in Philippines

DPA
Manila
Philippine police will go from house to house in search for COVID-19 patients who should be isolated in quarantine facilities to boost efforts to contain the spread of the coronavirus, an official said Tuesday.
Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano said mild and asymptomatic Covid-19 patients should not be in home quarantine unless they have their own room and bathroom and if they do not have vulnerable family members.
“So with the help of the local government units, the police will go house to house and we will take the patients to Covid isolation facilities.”
“You are endangering the lives of other people when you stay at home,” he added.
“You will get well faster, it’s just 14 days in quarantine and food is free.”
Ano urged the public to report to authorities if they know someone who was infected to help stop the spread of the virus.
The Department of Health on Tuesday reported 634 additional cases of coronavirus infections, bringing the national tally to 57,545. The death toll rose to 1,603 with six additional mortalities, it added.

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