Bulacan posts 346 new COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths

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Bulacan province recorded 346 new cases of Coronavirus 2019 disease (COVID-19), ten of which were reported dead in the past five days from March 19-23, 2021.

Data from the Provincial Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit of the Bulacan Provincial Health-Public Health (PHO-PH) revealed that confirmed cases has reached 14,895, 12,894 are recoveries while 502 have died.

San Jose Del Monte (307), Malolos (224) and Plaridel (120) are the Top Three areas in the province with the highest number of active cases.

In Balagtas town, forty-four new cases were reported with four fatalities in the last three days. A family compound in Barangay Borol 2nd was placed under lockdown after two victims died of COVID-19 and infected the rest of their family members.

Earlier, the Province of Bulacan strictly imposed curfew hours, province-wide liquor ban that includes the sale, transport, and consumption of liquor and other intoxicating beverages in order to stop the surge of COVID-19 cases in the province.

According to Executive Order No. 8, series of 2021 issued by Governor Daniel Fernando, border quarantine checkpoints recommenced and border control policies were also implemented to effectively contain COVID-19 at the critical areas of the province.

All these were on top of the mandatory observance of minimum public health standards including physical distancing, hand hygiene, cough etiquette, and wearing of face masks and face shields at all times.

Fernando said that these simple steps can make a huge difference in fighting against COVID-19.

Nakaya na po nating pababain ang kaso ng COVID sa ating lalawigan at naniniwala po ako na makakaya muli natin itong magawa. Basta tayo ay magtulungan, sumunod sa mga health protocols at makiisa sa ating pamahalaan upang sa pagkakataong ito ay tuluyan na nating mapuksa ang virus na ito,” the governor said.

He also sought the help of law enforcement agencies, including the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to provide necessary assistance to ensure that health protocols are being followed.

It was learned that ten Quarantine Control Points (QCP) on the borders of Bulacan in Nueva Ecija and Pampanga have been restored after the province has been reinstated under general community quarantine (GCQ) until April 4, 2021.

According to Police Coronel Lawrence Cajipe, provincial director of the Bulacan Provincial Police Office, the QCP included the borders of San Miguel, Bulacan and Gapan City, Nueva Ecija; Candaba, Pampanga and Baliwag, Bulacan; Calumpit, Bulacan and Apalit, Pampanga and those in Barangay San Pascual in Hagonoy, Bulacan and Sapang Kawayan in Masantol, Pampanga.

To ensure that no one enters Bulacan for those who are not identified as Authorized Persons Outside Residence or APOR, QCPs were installed also at the exits of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) in Pulilan, Sta. Rita in Guiguinto, Bocaue main toll plaza, Ciudad De Victoria also in Bocaue, Marilao and Meycauayan main.

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