Covid-19 cases breach 20,000 on first day of ECQ extension

As the Cordillera region undergoes another month of general community quarantine, the 20,000 mark has been breached after 434 confirmed Covid-19 cases were logged by the Department of Health – Cordillera on Maundy Thursday.

DoH – Cordillera reported a day high of 116 in Baguio and 81 in Apayao, the highest for the province, bringing the total confirmed cases to 20,376 as President Rodrigo Duterte has declared A GCQ anew in the Cordillera as well as three of four of the Cagayan Valley provinces for the whole month of April.

Mountain Province accounted for 82 of the Thursday tally, Benguet had 78, while Ifugao with a day high of 43 and Kalinga with the lowest at 34.

Abra in the DoH – Cordillera shows no case logged but the Abra Provincial Page said that the province tallied 64 new cases, the highest so far, as the westernmost local government unit has zoomed past the 300 mark with 308.

Six deaths were logged also on Maundy Thursday, celebrated by Christians as the day when Jesus had his last supper leading to his persecution at Golgotha, with five coming from Baguio and one from Benguet.

That brings the total deaths to 288 for the region with 122 coming from Baguio with Ifugao having the least with one.

The region saw 310 recovering from the disease with the bulk coming from Mountain Province with 164.

“Idi kalman, 62 manipud kadagiti 612 nga specimen a nagdalan iti RT-PCR testing ti nagpositibo iti Covid-19, kangatoan a bilang a nairekord ti [Provincial Health Office] PHO manipud idi nagrugi ti pandemia (Yesterday, 62 of the 612 specimens that underwent the RT-PCR testing came out positive for Covid-19, it is the highest recorded by the PHO since the start of the pandemic),” the Abra Province Facebook page said.

Of the 62 that tested positive, one had its second infection, while another needed two tests.

Bangued has the most with 16, Tayum with 12, hile La Paz, Lagangilang and Dolores logged seven each, four each for Penarubia and Langidean, while Malibcong and San Quintin had two and one, respectively.

Again the PHO appealed to the people of Abra “to follow the minimum health protocol to stop the spread of the coronavirus in Abra.”

Abra Gov. Jocelyn Bernos has appealed to her provincemates to stay home since the 62 cases is not a joke.

She also pleaded to wear face masks at all times: “Please, please use face mask even inside your house with your family, remove your mask only when you’re alone,” she asked in Iloco.

“Isardeng pay ti gathering, no kayat yo nga kumpleto pay lang family members yo next gathering yo (Stop all gatherings if you want to have a complete family when you have your gathering the next time),” she added.

The governor just completed her 16 days isolation after testing positive in March 13. Last March 26, Abra Rep. Joseph Bernos tested positive, but unlike the governor, he is asymptomatic.



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