MANILA, Philippines – Twenty-six 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 Wednesday, April 22.
These provinces include the northernmost Batanes island and the southernmost provinces of Sarangani, Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi.
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 26 provinces which has never recorded a case, there are 8 others that are currently COVID-free as all their confirmed cases have either recovered or died. Up to 28 provinces recorded 5 cases or less.
A total of 6,710 cases was recorded around the country as of April 22. Metro Manila is the epicenter of the outbreak, but nearby provinces such as Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, and Bulacan 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.