The Greenhills Muslim prayer hall, which became the nightmare of Philippines, has been temporarily closed by San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora.
The ninth death of the country was marked on Sunday and a 64-year-old town councilor’s infection connects to his travel history of visiting Greenhills in San Juan City.
Greenhills houses a prayer hall which was frequented by a 62-year-old patient with COVID-19, considered to be the first local case of the disease. He and his 59-year-old wife, who also contracted the disease, have also died.
In a statement that appeared on his Facebook page today, Zamora said that he has instructed the city health office “to immediately disinfect, sanitize, and close to the public temporarily the prayer room” which the patient used to frequent.
“Rest assured that we are working closely with the Department of Health and that we will release pertinent and verified information as we receive them,” Zamora said.
The health department did not provide specific details about the prayer hall, though the only known facility to fit the description is the Greenhills Masjid inside the Greenhills Shopping Center. The mall was the location of another newsworthy event earlier this week, that of former security guard Alchie Paray’s nine-hour hostage of at least 50 people.
The concern of the Philippines Health department is the growing fatality rate in Philippines which is currently at nine percent which is higher than that of the global average that is mere three to four percent. But the Health Department’s official version pegged the fatality rate as eight percent.