Bulacan governor: Number of COVID-19 cases related to province's proximity to Metro Manila

Published June 18, 2020, 12:20 PM

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By Freddie Velez

CITY OF MALOLOS, Bulacan–Governor Daniel R. Fernando has issued an official statement clarifying the province’s current COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) situation, following a recent report stating that the “whole Central Luzon’s COVID situation is getting better except Bulacan.”

“Bilang paglilinaw po, sa buong Central Luzon, ang Bulacan ang pinakamalapit na probinsya sa NCR. Alam po natin na NCR ang epicenter ng virus, it’s only logical na medyo mataas ang magiging COVID rate ng Bulacan due to its proximity to Metro Manila ( As clarification, in the whole of Central Luzon, Bulacan is the nearest province to the National Capital Region (NCR). We know that NCR is epicenter of the virus, it’s only logical that the COVID-19 rate of Bulacan is higher due to its proximity to Metro Manila),” the governor said.
The governor compared Bulacan’s 281 COVID cases to other provinces surrounding Metro Manila, including Rizal, Cavite and Laguna, stating that the province has the lowest number of cases.

According to the DOH COVID Tracker as of June 16, the province of Rizal has 591, Cavite 463, and Laguna 511 COVID-19 cases.

The province has also reported a three-week streak of not having COVID deaths with a growing number of recoveries.

Fernando also said Bulacan is one of the first provinces to build its own provincial-funded COVID hospital, the Bulacan Infection Control Center that started operating last May 1, and its own molecular laboratory, the Bulacan Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory, which is expected to be operational next month.