Covid-19 patient escapes from Sulu quarantine facility

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ZAMBOANGA CITY–The Sulu Task Force on coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and the provincial police have launched a manhunt against a Covid-19 patient who escaped from a quarantine facility in Sulu province.

Jainap Abdulmajid, Sulu Task Force on Covid-19 information officer, said Wednesday the patient is a returning overseas Filipino worker, the second Covid-19 positive case in Sulu.

Abdulmajid said the patient escaped Sunday night by breaking the window of the room he was staying in the Sulu isolation facility.

Abdulmajid said the OFW was supposed to undergo another swab test on Monday after staying at the quarantine facility for the past two weeks.

He expressed concern that the patient could spread the virus to innocent friends and relatives considering that there is still no confirmation that he is already negative of Covid-19.

Abdulmajid said the combined team of the police and task force failed to capture the OFW when they swooped down on his parent’s house and other relatives in Jolo, Sulu.

He called on the residents to inform the task force or the police on the patient’s whereabouts “as soon as possible”. (PNA)

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