COTABATO CITY (PNA) – There were 27 new cases of coronavirus disease that were recorded in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) on Thursday night, raising the total number of cases in the region to 1,000.
Amirel Usman, BARMM’s health ministry officer-in-charge, said the new cases were from Lanao del Sur with 21, while Basilan and Maguindanao had three cases each.
“There is no need to worry because there was no sudden spike of cases in just a day, our recent cases are mostly close contact of confirmed cases,” Usman said.
He said 733 of the 1,000 cases have already recovered from the disease for an equivalent of a 73-percent recovery rate.
Active cases in the region were at 229 with 38 deaths.
“We have a low fatality rate, all these death cases had comorbidities,” Usman said.
Since March this year, the cumulative total of confirmed cases per province in the region indicated that Lanao del Sur has the highest at 528, followed by Maguindanao, 131; Basilan, 114; Tawi-Tawi, 88; and Sulu, 19.
The other 120 cases were locally stranded individuals (LSI) of the island-provinces of BaSulTa (Basilan-Sulu-Tawi-Tawi) who were recorded separately since they were redirected to Maguindanao from Cagayan de Oro City last July 7.
Usman said 43 percent of the total cases in the BARMM were LSIs and returning overseas Filipino workers.