Benguet has two other cases: a 34-year-old woman who recently flew abroad and a 40-year-old man who traveled recently to Central Luzon.
Five of the city’s infected have gone public to help the city’s epidemiology team track down people with whom they have interacted with, including a physician and an employee of the city health services office.
The first COVID-19 patient recorded in the region has already been discharged from a La Union hospital where he was confined after laboratory tests confirmed his infection. However before he was treated, the patient – a 37-year-old seaman from Abra – infected two close relatives. They are now the other two confirmed cases in the province.
To date, the provinces of Apayao, Ifugao, Kalinga and Mountain Province have not recorded any transmissions, although the whole region currently has 330 persons under investigation (PUI) for the virus. Except for 39 individuals, most of them are now on home quarantine. The Department of Health says 515 PUI have been discharged since the virus was first contracted in the country.
Each family could receive P5,500 in assistance.
As many as 64,000 beneficiaries of the government’s conditional cash transfer will also get additional grants added to their regular allocations so they also get the sum total of P5,500 to help them cope with the lockdown.
By: Vincent Cabreza