Northern Samar guv expresses alarm over rising Covid-19 cases


VACCINATED. Northern Samar Governor Edwin Ongchuan receives the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine in this May 21, 2021 photo. The governor on Friday (June 4, 2021) appealed anew to residents to be cautious and follow the minimum health protocols as the number of Covid-19 cases increased in the past weeks. (Photo courtesy of Northern Samar provincial government)

TACLOBAN CITY - The Northern Samar provincial government has renewed its appeal for residents to be cautious and follow the minimum health protocols as the number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases increased in the past few weeks.

“I am appealing to all the people of Northern to stay home. Only immediate family members should attend funerals, no parties, no gambling, and no mass gatherings,” Governor Edwin Ongchuan said in a statement on Friday.

The official reported that the Covid-19 ward of the Northern Samar Provincial Hospital is almost full.

The governor added that if cases continue to increase, there is a possibility that the provincial hospital will not be able to respond to the needs of Covid-19 patients.

As of June 3, the province has 104 active cases, the highest since the global pandemic last year, according to the Northern Samar provincial information office.

New cases have been noted in Mapanas, San Isidro, Catarman, San Antonio, San Vicente, Allen, Palapag, Lavezares, San Roque, Laoang, Bobon, Gamay, Catubig, Mondragon, San Jose, Capul, and Rosario.

To curb the rising cases, Ongchuan asked mayors of towns with high Covid-19 cases to revert their quarantine status from modified general community quarantine to general community quarantine.

“We expect the mayors to be strict in implementing the minimum health protocols, which includes wearing of face masks, face shields, and physical distancing when in a public place,” he added.

As of June 3, Northern Samar has recorded 1,700 cases, including 1,561 recoveries, and 35 deaths. (PNA)

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