Imus Mayor Maliksi catches virus; Isko now ‘stable’; Iloilo City Hall on lockdown


Imus City Mayor Emmanuel Maliksi has been confined in a hospital after he tested positive for Covid-19, the city’s information officer confirmed on Monday.

This, as Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, who was also admitted to Sta. Ana Hospital on Sunday after contracting the virus, appears to be over the hump and is now in “stable” condition.

Mayor Francisco “Isko” Moreno Domagoso in one of his more recent engagements before he tested positive for Covid-19.

Dr. Grace Padilla, director of Sta. Ana Hospital, in a Twitter post said that the Manila mayor, who emerged as a leading presidential candidate in a recent poll, has been given oral antibiotics and vitamins as supplements.

According to Jay Saquilayan, Imus City Information Officer, Maliksi, was admitted at South Imus Specialist Hospital after experiencing fever. Maliksi has been fully vaccinated against the virus.

Saquilayan said that Maliksi undergoes regular antigen test but on Sunday, he was not feeling well. He did an RT-PCR and it later showed Covid-positive results.

While isolating, Maliksi assured that the service to his constituents will continue.

“Mananatiling bukas ang mga serbisyo ng pamahalaan para sa inyo lalo na sa kritikal na panahong ito [The city government will remain open to give service to our people especially during this critical time],” the mayor posted on his Facebook account.

“Babangon tayo at sama-sama nating malalagpasan ito [We will rise again and together, we can surpass this],”Maliksi added.

It may be recalled that two of the mayor’s family members died of Covid-19, former Cavite Governor Erineo  “Ayong” Maliksi last February 25, 2021 and sister Joan Maliksi on April 29, 2021.

Iloilo City mayor’s office on lockdown

The Iloilo City Mayor’s Office has been placed on lockdown starting Monday, August 16, 2021 following a positive case of Covid-19 in one of its employees.

Mayor Jerry P. Treñas ordered the disinfection of the executive office and contact tracing of all personnel.

“All the staff will be working from home in the meantime. We will be closed from two to three days depending on the results of swab test of identified close contacts,” he said.

First level contact tracing is currently being done through the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit. If needed, there will be a second level contact tracing on Tuesday.

“I continue to urge everyone not to be complacent. Covid-19 is still present and it does not choose a person or place to infect. We cannot risk anyone getting infected at this time when it is still very difficult to get a room at the hospitals,” the mayor stated.

The city has been placed under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine from August 16 to 31, 2021.

“With the presence of Delta and Lambda variants already here in the region, we can protect ourselves by taking the test when experiencing symptoms for proper medical attention, and always follow the safety protocols. I am requesting everyone to stay vigilant at all times while we continue to shield the community,” Treñas said.

Images courtesy of Mayor Maliksi’s socmed account and CNN

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