A man has been arrested in Naga, Camarines Sur, after he allegedly punched and bit the cop who confronted him, according to a Unang Balita report on Thursday.
According to reports, the cop confronted the man because he was not wearing a face mask and was shirtless while buying at a convenience store.
The man cursed and groped the police when he was being arrested. Even the suspect’s relatives threw stones at the cop.
The man escaped but was later arrested. In his defense, he bit the officer because the cop was already choking him.
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Governor Jim Hataman Salliman said the man was a resident of Tipo-Tipo and was confined to Zamboanga City General Hospital.
The governor added that the patient’s condition was stable.
The man was first diagnosed with the virus when he underwent a rapid test on Tuesday. A swab sample was immediately taken from for confirmatory tests. It was confirmed that he tested positive for COVID-19 his Wednesday.
Salliman said the local government is already conducting further contact-tracing.
“Pinakwan ko agad ‘yung contact tracing kung saan talaga at kung kailan siya last nagpunta ng Zamboanga, saan siya pumunta,” said Salliman in a radio interview.
(I immediately ordered contact tracing to know the last place he visited in Zamboanga.)
According to the local government, the patient regularly goes to Zamboanga City for dialysis.
The patient was dialyzed twice a week and stayed in Zamboanga for two weeks.
The man was subjected to a rapid test after he underwent medical consultation at the Lamitan City Health Office as a condition of admission to Zamboanga City.
Since the COVID-19 case is already in the area, the local government of Tipo-type has advised residents to stay in their homes for now.
“We are urging the public to stay at home, refrain from going outside, observe strict physical distancing and refrain from believing and spreading fake news,” said the LGU.