TACLOBAN CITY- A 90-year old woman from a town in Southern Leyte province is among the latest persons from the region to have acquired the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
On Thursday night, the Department of Health (DOH) in the region reported that its COVID-19 cases is now at 6,151 with the additional 96 new cases.
The new cases were reported in Northern Samar with 37 cases; Samar,33; Leyte,19; and Southern Leyte,5.
The 90-year old woman who was tested positive of the virus is from Macrohon, Southern Leyte.
The elderly was said to have acquired the infection from her grandson whom she lived with.
Mayor Alan Jose Aroy said that the woman appears to be asymptomatic though is suffering from her hypertension. She and her grandson are now at the town isolation facility and contact tracing is now being undertaken among identified close contacts of the two.
Macrohon, at present, has 33 confirmed COVID-19 cases of which 22 remains active.
As this developed, the entire province of Southern Leyte is now placed under general community quarantine(GCQ) which took effect last October 20 and is to end on November 3.
Meantime, its provincial capital city of Maasin was also placed to a stricter quarantine status of modified enhance community quarantine (MECQ).
The move was in response to a surge of COVID-19 cases of the province.
The province has 463 COVID-19 cases of which 164 are from Maasin City.
In Northern Samar, which is also seeing spike of COVID-19 cases, Governor Edwin Ongchuan has also placed the entire province under MECQ for 15 days that started on Oct.20 and to end on Nov.3.
The province has 384 confirmed COVID-19 cases with two deaths.