Meanwhile, the COVID-positive Igbaras resident was a 33-year-old male personnel of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region 6 temporarily assigned in the town to help in the distribution of the Social Amelioration Program emergency cash assistance. Te said yesterday contact tracing was immediately launched. ILOILO City – Two policemen. One resident of Igbaras, Iloilo. One repatriated overseas worker. One newly-returned stranded resident. These were the six new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Western Visayas. They were asymptomatic and now on quarantine, said Te. Patient No. 149’s specific assignment was Q. Abeto Street in Mandurriao while Patient No. 151, the Mandurriao Public Market and later at Smallville Complex. The three other cases confirmed yesterday were the following: * Iloilo province – 23 Despite the increase in COVID cases, according to Te, the region currently has only 39 active cases left because 103 already recovered. Eleven, on the other hand, died. * 35-year-old male from Binalbagan, Negros Occidental (Patient No. 152), a repatriated overseas worker The two police men were a 32-year-old male from La Paz district here (Patient No. 149) and a 22-year-old male from Lambunao, Iloilo (Patient No. 151). Both belonged to the Mandurriao district police station. COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China in December 2019. According to Mayor Jaime Esmeralda, this personnel was one of around 40 persons tested on June 8 following the positive test result of a Sangguniang Bayan member. * Bacolod City – 11 They brought to 153 the total number of cases in the region, according to Dr. Marie Jocelyn Te, medical coordinator for emerging and reemerging infectious diseases of the Department of Health (DOH) Region 6. * Negros Occidental – three * Iloilo City – 20 * Antique – 14 * Guimaras – zero People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. * 50-year-old male from Mandurriao, Iloilo City (Patient No. 150), a locally stranded individual * Capiz – six * 46-year-old male from San Carlos City, Negros Occidental (Patient No. 153), a repatriated overseas worker * Aklan – six * repatriates – 70 Here’s the breakdown of the 153 cases: The policemen were among the several frontliners that the city government subjected to reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test on June 8. These droplets also land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth./PN
THEODORE Whitmore, head coach of Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz said that Jamaica couldn’t afford to be complacent now that the team has climbed up the latest FIFA World Rankings released on Wednesday.Coming off the back of drubbing of Antigua and Barbuda 6-0 and humbling Guyana 4-0 in the CONCACAF Nations League on September 6 and 9, respectively, the Jamaican team climbed five places to 47 in the rankings released on September 18.“This is, of course, positive for the team and the country and this is in keeping with the objectives that the players, technical staff and the Federation set at the beginning of the CONCACAF Nations League Group phase,” Coach Whitmore said.“Our wish is for it to continue to get better and I will be lobbying with the Federation to ensure that what is necessary to make this happen is indeed put in place because we do not want to get complacent.”The coach used the rise in rankings to implore fans to show their support by coming out in large numbers to the National Stadium on October 12 when Jamaica plays Aruba.“The players need to know that they have the country’s support,” he said.Meanwhile, president of the JFF, Mr Michael Ricketts also expressed satisfaction with the development and has encouraged the coach, his staff and the players to maintain focus with the immediate goal being to maintain a top-six ranking in CONCACAF over the coming months.Jamaica’s highest ever FIFA ranking occurred in 1998 when the team was ranked 27th in the world.(Sportsmax).