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Batanes suffers 1st Covid death

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A 70-year-old man recently succumbed to Covid19 in the island-province of Batanes, on Saturday, following acute respiratory failure secondary to pneumonia and high-risk Covid.


Batanes, the country’s northernmost island province that managed to keep Covid19 at bay for months during the first year of the coronavirus outbreak, has previously submitted to an enhanced community quarantine.


Because of the surge, the province has so far logged 349 active cases, with 67 new infections just last weekend. These cases were in residents from Basco and the towns of Uyugan, Mahatao, Ivana, Itbayat and Sabtang.


Their ECQ banned movement of people, except for trips to buy essential goods, farming and fishing activities, government work, and business connected to disaster rehabilitation and Covid operations.


More cases occurred after Batanes was hit by typhoon “Kiko” last Sept. 11.
In August last year, Batanes was among the few places in the Philippines that was free from coronavirus, having had zero cases in spite of receiving 400 locally stranded individuals returning home from areas like Manila and Cagayan Valley region.


In April of the same year, it was one of 26 provinces with no recorded cases; when confirmed cases topped 100,000 Batanes still remained untouched.


As early as January last year, the island-province had already been screening visitors for Covid symptoms like fever. Those exhibiting such symptoms were sent directly to quarantine facilities and were tested for Covid19.

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