Apayao has been placed on the more stringent Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine from August 1 to 15 and is extended until August 31, 2021, as per recommendation of the National Inter Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) and approved by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Friday, August 13, 2021.
The province continues to record increasing number of COVID-19 cases posting 126 new cases on Aug. 12, the highest single day cases since the start of the pandemic.
As of Aug. 12, the province has 2,927 cases with 2,354 or 80.41% already recovered and 22 deaths. Luna remains to have the highest number of cases with 688, followed by Pudtol with 537, Conner with 458, Flora with 398, Sta. Marcela with 330, Kabugao with 274 and Calanasan with 242.
On Friday, the Department of Health- Cordillera also confirmed two more cases of Delta variant in Apayao. The first COVID-19 Delta variant in Apayao and in the Cordillera Region was confirmed last August 6, but is now fully recovered. Further details about the new cases are still being verified.
With these developments, Gov. Eleanor Begtang reiterates for the public to strictly adhere to all the health and safety protocols and guidelines as more stringent travel and border control measures among other preventive efforts are being implemented.
The Provincial Health Office is implementing testing of the first to third level contacts of COVID-19 cases to ensure that they will capture all the possible carriers of the virus of the close contacts of the patients.
The province is also making interventions with regards to the detection of the Delta variant cases in the province.
A massive community testing is also being planned to be undertaken in Apayao.
The PIATF seeks assistance from the Regional IATF particularly from the OCD-CAR, DSWD-CAR and DOH-CAR for additional augmentation on food items and medical and other logistics.(JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)
By Redjie Melvic Cawis