Mountain Province Hospitals At Full Capacity Following Spike In COVID Cases
MOUNTAIN PROVINCES HOSPITALS FULL – Recently, the Department of Health reported a new cluster of the UK coronavirus variant in a barangay in the Mountain Province.
As such, at least two barangays were placed under lockdown. Afterward, the DOH finally confirmed local transmissions of the new strain in the Mountain province. Meanwhile, as cases surge, hospitals in the province reportedly reached their full capacity.
According to an article from Manila Bulletin, the Cordillera Center for Health Development (CHD-CAR) said:
As of report po kahapon, yung kanilang hospital, yung Bontoc General Hospital ay talagang pong puno na, pati po yung TTMF [temporary treatment and monitoring facilities]
However, CHD-CAR Director, Dr. Ruby Constantino emphasized that the rise in cases could be attributed to this extensive contact tracing and surveillance programs.
Currently, the Mountain Province has reported a total of 673 coronavirus cases. Last Sunday, 57 new cases were reported on Sunday. Of that number, 326 are active cases. Along with this, 38 of the 57 cases were from Bontoc.
Furthermore, four barangays in Bontoc imposed a Enhanced Community Qurantine (ECQ) until the end of the month after clusters of the new COVID-19 strain from UK was detected in the area.
Additionally, Constantino said there is a high probability that the lockdowns of the four barangays would be extended for 14 more days.
The new coronavirus strain from the UK is a more transmissible variant of previous COVID-19 strains. Meanwhile, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the strain may also be more lethal.
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