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Kalinga records 330 Covid-19 cases in early September



BAGUIO CITY—The Kalinga Provincial Epidemiologic and Surveillance Office reveals that there are a total of 330 new Covid-19 infections in the province in the first of September, surpassing half of the total cases recorded over the previous month.

The PESO also reported that the municipalities of Balbalan and Pasil joined Pinukpuk in the province of Kalinga on Critical Epidemic Risk Level in terms of growth of Covid-19 incidence.

The Kalinga Provincial Health Office tallied a total of 649 confirmed cases for the whole month of August, which was described by Provincial Health Officer Dr. Ed Tandingan as a “fast increase of new cases for the province”.

With the rising number of infections and the threat of the recently discovered first case of Delta variant in the province, data projection is foreseen to be higher for the rest of September without the proper Covid-19 interventions to address these local transmissions.

Recently, Tabuk City Mayor’s Office issued executive orders placing barangays Bulanao Centro, Bulanao Norte, Dagupan Centro, Dagupan Weste and Agbannawag under granular lockdown until 16 September and Lacnog East until 15 September.

Meanwhile, Pasil Mayor’s Office ordered Barangays Colayo and Balatoc under lockdown until further notice; and Rizal Mayor’s Office placed Barangay Babalag West, which had been identified as a critical zone due to the incidence of a Delta variant case, under lockdown until further notice.

These measures were provided as initial actions to facilitate the contact-tracing capacities of local health officers and to limit the movement of residents from above-mentioned barangays.

Responding to the call of healthcare institutions in the province, the Department of Interior and Local Government of Kalinga released a memorandum order directing City/Municipal Mayors and Punong Barangays in Kalinga to reactivate every barangay isolation facility in their areas of responsibility as a step-down strategy to manage the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in the locality.