Baybay, Leyte Mayor Cari confirms 1st COVID-19 case part of ‘Balik Probinsya’ Program

Baybay, Leyte Mayor Cari confirms 1st COVID-19 case part of ‘Balik Probinsya’ Program

- Baybay City in Leyte has recorded its first-ever positive case of coronavirus disease or COVID-19

- Baybay City Mayor Jose Carlos Cari confirmed that the first case is part of the “Balik Probinsya” program led by the national government

- About 11 people returned to Baybay as part of the program, and 12 OFWs came back home as well

- The local government assured the residents that the COVID-19 case will be managed properly

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The Mayor of Baybay City, Leyte, has confirmed its first-ever case of coronavirus disease or COVID-19.

KAMI learned that Mayor Jose Carlos L. Cari confirmed that the first case was part of the “Balik Probinsya” program of the national government.

In a report by the GMA News Online, Mayor Cari announced through a Facebook live video that all those returning citizens part of the program and the overseas Filipino workers (OFW) were required to undergo quarantine and rapid test.

Those who will test positive on the rapid test will be required to undergo a PRC test or swab test for validation.

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According to Mayor Cari, the patient had no direct contact with his/her family yet and the health workers were properly equipped with personal protection to refrain from acquiring the coronavirus disease.

He also mentioned that about 11 people who are part of the Balik Probinsya program arrived last Friday. Meanwhile, 12 OFWs returned on Saturday.

The mayor assured its people that they will handle the COVID-19 cases properly in the quarantine facilities and reminded the people to stay at home as much as possible.

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In a previous report by KAMI, former aide Senator Christopher “Bong” Go pushed the Balik Probinsya program to decongest Metro Manila to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in the country.

As of posting time, there are now 15, 049 positive cases of COVID-19 in the entire Philippines.

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