Local COVID-19 transmission recorded in Cagayan De Oro City amid strict quarantine request

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 7) — Cagayan De Oro City confirmed a local virus transmission after authorities failed to trace the source of infection of three COVID-19 patients who succumbed to the disease.

The City Health Office said all patients had no travel history. They were identified as a 69-year-old man from Barangay Camaman-an, a 21-year-old man from Barangay Lumbia, and a 61-year-old woman from Barangay Carmen.

Misamis Oriental Governor Yevgeny Emano sent a letter of request to President Rodrigo Duterte and the national Inter-agency Task Force (IATF) Thursday, to place the entire province under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

This includes Cagayan De Oro City, the provincial capital.

“With the number of positive cases now recorded in Cagayan de Oro City the undersigned expresses fears and worries the disease might spread across Misamis Oriental, given the fact thousands still travel to and from the city,” Emano said in his letter.

He added that Misamis Oriental has been categorized as a COVID-19 moderate-risk area.

“It is, thus, believed that these circumstances call for the imposition by the IATF of ECQ in the whole province, including Cagayan de Oro City,” Emano said.

The governor also met with the provincial task force against COVID-19 to prepare should the IATF approve his request.

CNN Philippines stringer Alwen Saliring contributed to this report.