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Update in Situation in Batanes Now amid Spike in Cases

BATANES – The Provincial Government released details over the implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in the province.

The Philippines, like several other countries, has yet to win the fight against COVID-19. The pursuit to curb the spread of the virus continues and the nation is in a race to reach population protection.

To achieve population protection, the government eyes to vaccinate at least 70 million people. The health workers who are the frontliners in the fight against the pandemic were the ones who were vaccinated first.

The national government also prioritized the vaccination of senior citizens and those individuals who have co-morbidities. The vaccination of the essential workers has also been opened.

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However, amid the race towards population protection, the pandemic called for an intensified fight as new variants were detected. The Philippines is one of those countries that recorded cases of the Delta variant, a variant of concern for its higher transmissibility rate.

The national government previously placed the entire Metro Manila under Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) to prevent the spread of the Delta variant. Currently, the capital region is under granular lockdowns.

Recently, another province, Batanes, is placed under the strictest community quarantine measure due to the rising cases of COVID-19. Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, the province is under ECQ starting September 20 until October 4.

Batanes recorded 100 new cases of COVID-19 bringing the total active cases to 121. According to the report, community transmissions were recorded in the province. The following is the breakdown of the new cases recorded by the health department:

  • Itbayat – 6
  • Basco – 94
  • Mahatao – 6
  • Ivana – 1
  • Uyugan – 10
  • Sabtang – 4

Last September 16, Batanes General Hospital recorded four (4) cases of COVID-19 and the patients have no travel history thus community transmission was detected in the province.

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