COVID-19

No longer virus-free: Batanes confirms 1st COVID-19 case

Bonz Magsambol
No longer virus-free: Batanes confirms 1st COVID-19 case
(UPDATED) The patient is a Locally Stranded Individual who returned to the province on September 22

The province of Batanes is no longer coronavirus-free as it recorded its first case of COVID-19 on Monday, September 28.

“We regret to inform the public that one Locally Stranded Individual (LSI) who arrived last September 22 via Philippine Air Force has tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday, September 28,” the provincial government of Batanes said in a Facebook post on Tuesday, September 29.

The patient is asymptomatic and currently in isolation at the Batanes Resort, while close contacts of the patient and other LSIs under quarantine are closely being monitored, it added.

On Thursday, October 1, Batanes reported its second case of COVID-19.

The patient tagged as B-002 is asymptomatic and currently in “strict isolation” at the Sinakan Isolation Unit in Sabtang, Batanes.

B-002 is also an LSI who returned to the province on September 22.

On August 30, the Department of Health (DOH) mistagged a supposed positive case in the province, and later clarified that it was an encoding error.

As of Thursday, the Philippines still has the most number of COVID-19 infections in Southeast Asia at 314,079, despite having one of the longest lockdowns in the world. Of the total confirmed cases, 54,294 are active. – Rappler.com

Bonz Magsambol

Bonz Magsambol is a multimedia reporter for Rappler, covering health, education, and social welfare. He first joined Rappler as a social media producer in 2016.