Bicol records largest single-day increase of COVID-19 cases

Published June 28, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin


By Nino Luces

LEGAZPI CITY, Albay – The Bicol region recorded its largest single-day increase of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases on Saturday, while the province of Masbate also reported its first two positive cases.

Department of Health (DOH) Bicol Regional Director Dr. Ernie Vera said that eight new cases were recorded on June 27, bringing the total number of recorded COVID-19 positive cases in the region to 101.

“A total of 217 test results were received today. One hundred seventy- three were from Bicol Regional Diagnostic and Reference Laboratory (BRDRL) while 44 were from the Bicol Medical Center (BMC). Among the 217 results , eight were positive as reported earlier. As of date, this is the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases recorded in a day in Bicol Region,” Vera said.

Of these eight new cases, five were recorded in Camarines Sur, two in Masbate, and one in Sorsogon.

The five cases recorded in Camarines Sur were Bicol#94, a 41-year old Filipino male from Pasacao, Camarines Sur; Bicol#95, a 32-year old Filipino female from Balatan, Camarines Sur. Both arrived in Bicol on June 25 from Manila.

The 99th confirmed case was a 35-year old Filipino male from Canaman, Camarines Sur. He is a uniformed personnel and had a history of exposure to a known COVID-19 case.

“He is asymptomatic. Bicol#99 is the 3rd uniformed personnel in Bicol Region to test positive for COVID-19,” said Vera.

The 100th confirmed case was a 60-year old Filipino male, while the 101st confirmed case was a one-year old male infant with exposure to COVID-19 patients. They were both from Naga City and both quarantined.

The province of Masbate also recorded its first two confirmed cases of COVID-19. Both patients were returning residents from Metro Manila, according to DOH Bicol.

“The first two confirmed cases in the province of Masbate, Bicol#96 and Bicol#97, were both from the municipality of Aroroy. Bicol#96 is a 23-year old Filipino male who arrived in Bicol from Caloocan City on June 22, 2020. He is asymptomatic. Bicol#97 is a 25-year old Filipino male who had a history of travel from Taguig City and arrived in Bicol on June 21, 2020. He first experienced symptoms on June 24, 2020. Both are quarantined,” Vera said.

The eighth recorded cases on Saturday was a 30-year old Filipino male from Matnog, Sorsogon. He has travel history in Tondo, Manila, and is presently asymptomatic while quarantined.

“The public is strongly advised to strictly follow community quarantine procedures as well as precautionary measures including proper hand washing, social distancing, cough etiquette, disinfection of commonly used objects, use of facemask, healthy lifestyle and to stay at home. Everyone’s cooperation is crucial in this time of crisis, ” Vera added.