ILOILOCity – Between March 17 to April 11, police units across Western Visayas wereable to apprehend 4,448 persons for violating quarantine curfews being imposedby various local government units as part efforts to curb the spread of thecoronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and drycough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose,sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually./PN Ofthese violators, 49 were recidivists who were eventually charged in court, datafrom the Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6) showed. Shewarned, “Indi naton ma-solve ang virus outbreak if hard-headedpersons will continue to violate quarantine rules.” “Ourpolicemen will not stop conducting saturation drives to apprehend curfewviolators. Once again we appeal to the people: stay at home and avoidloitering,” said Malong. CURFEW VIOLATORS. A policeman guards these persons “detained” at the Iloilo City Freedom Grandstand for defying the enhanced community quarantine curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. A total of 142 violators were arrested before dawn yesterday. Since the police detention cell is too small for these violators to observe social distancing, the police brought them to the grandstand. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Quarantinesin various cities, towns and provinces in the region, originally set to endtoday, are being extended until the end of this month. “Everydaypeople are being arrested for loitering outside their residences and notobserving social distancing,” said PRO-6 spokesperson Police Lieutenant ColonelJoem Malong. BacolodCity had the highest number of violators at 1,732 followed by NegrosOccidental (1,123) and Iloilo City (1,043). People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. Thedisease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the noseor mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales.
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