Over 20 provinces have zero coronavirus cases as of April 30 – tracker

Carmela Fonbuena
Over 20 provinces have zero coronavirus cases as of April 30 – tracker
(UPDATED) The Department of Health says the location and characteristics of many of these provinces – isolated islands or mountainous terrains – may have helped in protecting residents from the disease.

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Twenty-five of the country’s 81 provinces have recorded zero coronavirus cases since the outbreak erupted, based on the tracker of the Department of Health (DOH) as of Thursday, April 30.

These provinces include the northernmost Batanes island and the southernmost provinces of Sarangani, Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi.

The Department of Health said the location and characteristics of many of these provinces – isolated islands or mountainous terrains –  may have helped in protecting residents from the disease. 

Not all these provinces are confident they were spared by COVID-19, however, as local officials worry about possible undetected cases. 

In Sulu alone, at least 3 suspected coronavirus cases died without getting tested. (READ: Many hospitals not qualified to test coronavirus

Apart from the 25 provinces which has never recorded a case, there are 6 others that are currently COVID-free as all their confirmed cases have either recovered or died. 

A total of 8,488 cases were recorded around the country as of April 30. Metro Manila is the epicenter of the outbreak, but nearby provinces such as Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, and Bulacan also bore the brunt.

Big cities in the Visayas and Mindanao also recorded 3-digit cases.

Below is the list of provinces that recorded zero cases as of April 22, based on the DOH tracker. Local records may be more up to date.

PROVINCES WITH ZERO CORONAVIRUS CASES

(as of April 22, 2020)

PROVINCES REGION
I. Zero cases since the outbreak began
Batanes, Quirino Region 2: Cagayan Valley

Apayao, Kalinga, Mountain Province

 CAR: Cordillera Administrave Region
 Aurora Region 3: Central Luzon
 Camarines Norte, Masbate, Sorsogon Region 5: Bicol Region 
 Guimaras Region 6: Western Visayas

Siquijor

Region 7: Central Visayas 
 Biliran, Eastern Samar, Southern Leyte Region 8: Eastern Visayas 
 Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay Region 9: Zamboanga Peninsula
 Davao Occidental  Region 11: Davao Region
 Sarangani Region 12: Soccsksargen

Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur

Region 13: Caraga 
Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi  BARMM
  II. All cases have recovered

Abra – The province’s 3 cases all recovered as of April 17. 

CAR: Cordillera Administrative Region

Bohol – The province’s lone case has recovered.

Region 7: Central Visayas

Camiguin – The province’s lone case recovered as of April 19. 

Misamis Occidental – The province had two cases. One recovered while the other died.

Misamis Oriental – The province had two cases. One recovered while the other died.

Region 10: Northern Mindanao

Davao Oriental – The province’s 3 cases have all recovered as of April 20.

 Region 11: Davao Region

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