After being COVID-free since March, Batanes records its 1st positive case

  • Batanes has recorded its first COVID-19 case since the pandemic began in March
  • The patient is a locally stranded individual (LSIs) who arrived in Basco via an Air Force plane
  • The provincial government of Batanes suspended flights carrying LSIs for two weeks following the incident

Batanes recorded its first ever COVID-19 case.

Image by Batanes Provincial Government via Facebook

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it sure looks like no place is spared. Batanes, which has been proud that it was COVID-19 free since the pandemic began in March, has recorded its first case.

The Batanes provincial health office said the COVID-19 positive patient is a locally stranded individual (LSIs) who arrived in Basco via an Air Force plane on Sept. 22. He is identified to be a 29-year-old male and a native of Itbayat Island but is currently residing in Basco Town.

Roldan Esdicul, provincial disaster risk reduction officer, said the patient is asymptomatic and was brought to a resort, which was converted into an isolation facility.

He added that because of the incident, the provincial government suspended flights carrying LSIs for two weeks. He continued to remind residents to observe minimum health standards, such as wearing of face masks and face shields, maintaining physical distancing and observing proper hygiene.

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“We urge everyone to avoid spreading fake and unverified information that creates fear and panic. Let us also avoid having prejudices and discrimination toward people under quarantine or tagged as suspect cases,” the provincial government said in a post on Facebook.

The provincial government assured that all their suspect cases and LSIs who are under quarantine are being strictly monitored and managed by their Health Cluster.

“Together, let us continue to be united through our collective Faith in protecting our beloved Province,” the Batanes provincial government reminded its residents.

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