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Update on Bicol Region COVID-19 Cases

BICOL REGION – The Department of Health (DOH) – Bicol recently confirmed more than 700 new COVID-19 cases amid a new surge.

The COVID-19 cases in the Philippines rose again following the holiday season. A lot of people went out during the holidays for the preparation of events and the celebrations themselves. Many individuals gathered in shopping malls and other public areas.

To fight the further spread of the virus, the national government decided to place the whole of Metro Manila under Alert Level 3. The authorities initially set the measure from January 3 to January 15 but extended it until the end of the month as it is still not certain if cases are going down.

There are strict limitations amid the implementation of Alert Level 3. The Department of Transportation (DOTr) is currently implementing the “No Vaccine, No Ride” policy with some exemptions amid the new surge of the COVID-19 cases.

Bicol Region DOH
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Several provinces and cities outside the capital region also recorded a spike in the COVID-19 cases. Recently, the Bicol region logged a record-high daily tally since the pandemic started.

Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, the Bicol region confirmed 720 new COVID-19 cases. According to the Department of Health (DOH) Bicol, out of the said figure, 220 cases were recorded in Albay, 170 from Camarines Sur, 106 from Masbate, 33 from Sorsogon, 67 from Camarines Norte, 22 from Catanduanes, and 2 from other areas.

Since the start of the pandemic, the region has logged 53,483 cases of COVID-19. The active cases are 14.84% or 7,935 cases. Currently, hospitals and health facilities in the region are struggling as many of their staff got infected with the coronavirus. Bicol Regional and Teaching Hospital’s Bicol Cancer Center (BCC) suspended its operation for sanitation while the Sorsogon Provincial Hospital is on limited services.

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