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Kalinga capital under ECQ for 2 weeks




Tabuk City Mayor Darwin C. Estrañero. (Facebook)
BAGUIO CITY — Tabuk City,  the capital of the province of Kalinga in the Cordillera Region will be under Enhanced Community Quarantine or ECQ for 14-days starting from 24 or 25 January 2021.
According to Tabuk City Mayor Darwin C. Estrañero, the City COVID-19 Interagency Task Force (CIATF) decided to place the city under ECQ based on the recommendation of City Health Officer Dr. Henrietta Linden Bagayao.
The 2-week lockdown will limit the movement of people to prevent the spread of the virus and expand the health system capacity because there is already overlapping of contact tracing activities and the BGH (Baguio General Hospital) has an advisory to prioritize clients for the RT-PCR test because of infected personnel and overwhelming number of specimen.
As of 10 a.m. of 21 January 2021, the city has 185 active cases from the 487 recorded confirmed cases, said Bagayao in her letter making the recommendation.
Of the 185 active cases, 65 are isolated at the Tabuk City Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facility (TTMF)  at Agbannawag, 34 at the Agbannawag Elementary School, 32 at the Tabuk Central School, 26 at the Kalinga Provincial Hospital, 12 at the Mija Kim Hospital, 3 at JVA, San Juan, 4 were referred to the Cagayan Valley Medical Center while 8 returned to their respective municipalities, added Bagayao.
She stressed that the data highly recommended that a lockdown be implemented in the city as soon as possible.
As of 5 p.m. of 21 January 2021, the whole province of Kalinga listed 55 new confirmed Covid-19 cases.  Of the total number of infections,  33 are from Tabuk City.
From June 2020 until 21 January 2021, the Province of Kalinga had 1,067 confirmed cases  692 recoveries and four deaths.
Estrañero said they are expecting more cases if the movement of the people who are dangerously unmitigated as some lack discipline, don’t believe the virus, or are indifferent. He appealed to the public to cooperate and unite in the battle against Covid-19.
“Awan sabali nga makatulong kadatayo no haan nga datayo met laeng, ” (Nobody else can help but us to save ourselves) he said.
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