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Cordillera active cases breach 10K mark

The region recorded an increasing trend in Covid-19 cases starting middle of August that was followed by the DoH’s Philippine Genome Center report on the presence of the more transmissible Delta variant.

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BAGUIO CITY — The Department of Health (DoH) in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) revealed that the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) active cases already breached the 10,000 mark even as 540 recoveries were logged on Thursday.

The Health department said that the region now has a total of 10,059 active cases after 733 new cases were recorded as of Thursday night as 219 new cases were logged in Baguio City, 261 in Benguet, 176 in Kalinga, 39 in Mountain Province, 31 in Ifugao and seven in Apayao.

Of the total active cases, 5,245 are asymptomatic, 4,415 with mild symptoms, 284 are moderate, 102 are, critical; and six are severe. Seven other cases are for verification.

The case tracker also showed the region recorded 17 deaths — four in Abra, six in Baguio, five in Benguet, and two in Mountain Province.

Meantime, CAR recorded an increasing trend in Covid-19 cases starting middle of August that was followed by the DoH’s Philippine Genome Center report on the presence of the more transmissible Delta variant.

However, the number of recoveries in the region also continues to rise, as 540 recoveries were logged on Thursday to bring the total number of recoveries to 56,200. The region’s recovery rate is 83.34 percent of the total cases.

Meantime, local government units (LGU) in the region continue to improve their contact tracing to immediately place in quarantine possible carriers of the virus.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-CAR Regional Director Araceli San Jose, earlier directed all LGU to utilize the Barangay Health Emergency Teams to help in contact tracing and locating identified close contacts for immediate quarantine.

The DILG-CAR has hired and deployed contact tracers to augment the LGU-hired tracers — Abra, 39; Apayao, 25; Baguio, 70; Benguet, 70; Ifugao, 18; Kalinga, 40; and Mountain Province, 32.

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