- Batanes has officially recorded its first-ever confirmed case coronavirus disease or COVID-19
- The provincial government said that the patient was a locally stranded individual who arrived in Batanes last September 22
- The patient reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 on September 28 and was placed under strict isolation
- The provincial task force already monitored the close contacts of the patient and the other stranded individuals that arrived
The province of Batanes has officially recorded its first confirmed case of coronavirus disease or COVID-19.
KAMI learned that the provincial government confirmed the incident on Tuesday.
In a Facebook post by the Provincial Government of Batanes, it was announced that a locally stranded individual who arrived in Batanes tested positive for COVID-19 on September 28, 2020.
The first COVID-19 patient in Batanes is asymptomatic. However, as part of the health protocols, the patient is currently under strict isolation at the Batanes Resort.
The Provincial COVID-19 Task Group already monitored the closed contacts of the patient, as well as the other locally stranded individuals.
In August, a data analyst claimed that Batanes is the only province without coronavirus cases. Dr. Peter Clayton said that COVID-19 did not reach Batanes yet at that time since the outbreak began in March.
Batanes is a province situated in the northernmost part of the Philippines. It is popular for its picturesque view and a well-known vacation spot in the country.
As reported by KAMI in July, Batanes was among the five provinces that remained COVID-free. The other provinces were Quirino, Aurora, Siquijor, and Dinagat Islands.
Earlier, President Rodrigo Duterte signed a proclamation and declared the Philippines under a state of calamity until September 2021.
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