Local Roundup: • Virus cases inch closer to 300k • Protocol breach
Metro Manila still logged the highest number of newly reported cases at 802, followed by Laguna with 292, Batangas with 152, Cavite with 144, and Negros Occidental with 87. The DOH also announced 580 recoveries, bringing the total number of recoveries to 231,928. The DOH also reported 36 new fatalities, bringing the death toll to 5,127. Protocol breach The complaint filed against Senator Aquilino Pimentel III for alleged violation of quarantine protocol at the height of the coronavirus pandemic is now deemed submitted for resolution, an official of the Department of Justice said on Thursday. Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Richard Anthony Fadullon said the complaint filed against Pimentel was submitted for resolution on Wednesday. The DOJ’s preliminary investigation of Pimentel case was reopened after the National Bureau of Investigation submitted to the DOJ the memorandum report on the investigation it conducted on Pimentel’s reported quarantine protocol violation when he entered the Makati Medical Center last March 24 despite being suspected of having COVID-19 infection. The senator was criticized for breaking self-imposed quarantine protocols while waiting for his test results. One of the quarantine regulations was not to go out in public during the 14-day isolation period. Age restrictions The Department of Tourism is proposing there should be no age restrictions once Boracay reopened to tourists on October 1 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat on Thursday. Interviewed on CNN Philippines, Puyat said they were proposing to the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases that those aged above 60 years old and those below 20 years old be allowed to visit the world-famous island. “We are proposing no age restrictions because Filipinos travel as a family,” she said.