By VINCE JACOB A. VISAYA
NAGUILIAN, Isabela- Two lived-in Army soldiers, who sneaked to this town without travel papers and RT-PCR tests, were indicted for breaching health protocols after they were confirmed COVID-19 positive in swab tests, the town mayor here said on Wednesday.
Mayor Juan Capuchino said the couple went home through a privately rented car to Naguilian without papers and RT-PCR negative test results.
The two soldiers were indicted for breaching health protocols as they allegedly hosted drinking, swimming and dining sessions with friends and relatives in different occasions.
As a result, they infected 25 out of the 50 swabbed close contacts. Four of the soldiers’ relatives were previously infected while 18 were earlier confirmed and followed by three other positive relatives.
The common-law cohabiting soldiers came from Davao Del Norte and were confirmed positive on July 17 in the town’s swab test results. They were isolated for ten days at a quarantine facility in Cabagan town and then sent to Naguilian for a “strict home quarantine.”
The man is a native of Purok Nam-ay in Magsaysay village here while the woman hails from Surigao Del Norte.#