Most of the patients are LSIs
TACLOBAN CITY- The number of Corona virus 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the region continue to increase with the Department of Health (DOH) announcing of 31 new cases this week.
And most of these new COVID-19 patients are those considered as locally stranded individuals or LSIs like the new case, a 25- year old man from Tacloban.
This bring the total number of cases in Tacloban City to 54.
With 31 new cases, the region has now a total COVID-19 cases of 563, the DOH-8 said.
Of the new cases, the youngest patient is a three-year old girl from Carigara, Leyte who was infected by her ‘close contact’ who works at Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC).
Carigara town Vice Mayor Eduardo Ong, Jr., in his Facebook post, said that the patient is now at their isolation facility. Ong reminded the town’s residents to remain calm and to continue to strictly follow the safety protocols set by the health department to stay home.
Earlier,14 medical workers of the said hospital, considered the region’s COVID-19 facility, were infected by the dreaded virus.
The swab samples of these 31 patients were released by the EVRMC and Divine Word University Hospital, both here in Tacloban City.
It was learned that of the new 31 cases, seven of them were just reswabbed coming from the towns of Pastrana, Palompon, Leyte-Leyte, Palo, Hilongos, Baybay City, all in Leyte; and Villareal, Samar.
Molon added that in Leyte, aside from Tacloban City, the two new cases were from Villaba and Carigara towns, while in Southern Leyte province, the patients were from San Francisco, Pintuyan, with one each; Silago, four; Padre Burgos, two and one each from Tomas Oppus and San Juan.
In the province of Biliran, the new cases were from Caibiran, Biliran, Cabucgayan, and island town of Maripipi.
The province has now 17 COVID-19 cases with one death from Kawayan town. New cases were confirmed in Motiong and Calbayog City.
Meantime, DOH Regional Director Minerva Molon said that out of the region’s 563 COVID-19 cases, 321 of them have recovered from the virus infection.
By: LIZBETH ANN A. ABELLA W/ RESTITUTO A. CAYUBIT & RONALD REYES