- 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
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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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