Casino Filipino in Pampanga temporarily shuts down over COVID-19 case
ANGELES CITY, Pampanga – The Casino Filipino Angeles here was temporarily shut down on Friday after three of its employees tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
Mayor Carmelo Lazatin Jr. and the Philippine Amusement Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) cited the temporary closure as necessary to meet the immediate contact tracing and disinfection protocol within the casino’s premises to contain the spread of the disease.
Dr. Verona Guevarra, Angeles City health officer in charge, said the patients are currently confined in different hospitals.
Lazatin said all persons who had close contact with the patients were taken to the City College of Angeles by personnel of the Angeles City disaster risk reduction and management office for mandatory quarantine and reverse transcription – polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing.
He appealed to his constituents to follow the safety regulations set by the city government, asking them to just stay at home and refrain from traveling to Covid-19-hit areas when not essential since most of the patients recorded in the city had travel exposure in Metro Manila.
“Hindi po ito panahon ng pagpunta sa mga handaan o pagta-travel kung saan-saan. May Covid-19 pa rin po. Kaya pakiusap po, sumunod tayo sa regulasyon ng pamahalaan para sa kaligtasan ng lahat (This is not the time to attend gatherings or to travel anywhere. There is still Covid-19. That’s why I am appealing to you to follow the regulations set by the government for the safety of all),” Lazatin said.
Out of the more than 170,000 households, the city has 42 confirmed cases of Covid-19 with 11 active cases, 27 recoveries, and four deaths.
“Wearing of face mask is a must, and always observe safe physical distancing when you are outside of your homes for essential needs and work,” he added. (PNA)
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