Naval Forces Central on two-week lockdown as 77 personnel contract COVID-19

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Navy personnel stand in front of the NAVFORCEN building in Lapu-Lapu City, with supplies provided by the city government to aid them in implementing health protocols inside the camp. (Photo from Naval Forces Central Facebook page)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 12) — The Naval Forces Central in Lapu-Lapu City is currently under lockdown after 77 of its personnel were confirmed to have caught the coronavirus disease.

The lockdown was implemented on July 4 and will be in effect until July 18, according to the Naval Public Affairs Office Acting Director Lt. Commander Maria Christina Roxas.

Roxas said the 77 were among the 498 personnel who were tested for the virus through swab testing. She also noted that the majority of those infected were frontliners who were deployed in different quarantine checkpoints.

“The Philippine Navy through Naval Forces Central ensures that the camp will strictly implement the safety and health protocol within the camp,” she said.

Lapu-Lapu City is the third city in Central Visayas with the most number of COVID-19 cases. As of July 12, it logged 1,251 confirmed cases of the disease, with 309 recoveries and 31 deaths, based on data from the Department of Health regional office.

Meanwhile, the Central Visayas region has the second highest number of COVID-19 cases nationwide, next to Metro Manila. It currently has 12,114 confirmed infections or around 22 percent of the national case count, which stands at over 54,000 as of July 11.