Zambo tightens borders as CHO prepares for surge

Published January 6, 2022, 7:14 PM

by Liza Abubakar-Jocson

COVID-19 cases in Zamboanga City are showing a declining trend amid a spike in cases in Metro Manila, but City Health Officer Dr. Dulce Miravite still warns of a possible surge due to the entry of the Omicron variant in the country.

Authorities have intensified their patrols in the city’s borders and shorelines to prevent a delay in the entry of the more contagious variant.

Authorities intensify patrol and inspection at Licomo border in Zamboanga’s east coast to prevent the entry of the Omicron variant. (Photo by Zamboanga LGU/Manila Bulletin)

During a virtual press briefing last Monday, Miravite, however, revealed a close call with the entry of Omicron.

“Actually there was one individual who had close contact with a patient infected with omicron variant but he already got well because he was asymptomatic,” Miravite said.

As of January 3, the Zamboanga COVID tracker showed a total of 84 active cases, three cases lower than the 87 recorded the previous day.

There were no recorded mortalities for January 2 and one recorded death for January 3. Majority of the cases are either mild or asymptomatic.

Amid the seemingly improving trend, Miravite is still warning of a possible increase in cases due to the surge being experienced in Metro Manila.

“Ta mira quita, ta subi el caso de Covid 19 na NCR. We are expecting it’s just a matter of time na pwede kita experiencia el surge, (As we can see, cases of COVID-19 are rising at NCR. We are expecting it’s just a matter of time before we can also experience a surge,)” Miravite said.

Four cases of the Omicron variant were detected from incoming international passengers at the Manila International Airport.