The first week of March has brought an upsurge of 13 new confirmed cases of the coconavirus disease in the province, bringing its total to 212 with 34 active cases as of Sunday.
Eight of the new cases are from the town of Viga, which now has the biggest number of active cases at 14.
A report of the Provincial Health Office (PHO) described the initial six new cases from the town on March 2 as follows: Patient Bicol No. 4818, a 54-year-old female with exposure to a confirmed case who was noted to have cough, colds, loss of sense of smell and sense of taste on Feb. 26; #4819, a 43-year-old self-employed male with exposure to a confirmed case who had cough, colds and body malaise on Feb. 26; #4820, a two-year old girl with history of exposure to a confirmed case who suffered cough and colds on Feb. 24; #4821, a 17-year-old boy with exposure to a confirmed case who lost his sense of smell and taste on Feb. 26; #4822, a 43-year-old man with exposure to a confirmed case who had colds on Feb. 22; and, #4823, a 66-year-old woman had traveled from Caloocan City, arrived at San Andres port on Feb. 17 and was noted to have cough and colds two days later.
The two other cases are two male engineers from Pandan: #4824 and #4825, aged 24 and 50, both with exposure to a confirmed case. They are asymptomatic and have been quarantined.
Four days later, five new cases were added to the list: #4865, a 23-year old male private employee from Virac who had colds and loss of sense of smell on Feb. 22; #4866, a 27-year old woman from Virac with exposure to a confirmed case who had cough and colds on Feb. 23; #4867, a 52-year old female government employee from Virac who suffered from fever, cough and colds, back pain, loss of sense of smell and taste, headache and soft stool on Feb. 25; #4868, a 28-year old male government employee from Caramoran who was noted to have fever, colds, loss of sense of smell and taste on Feb. 26; and, #4869, a 92-year old woman from Bato who had cough and colds on Feb. 15.
Except for the nonagenarian, who was isolated in a hospital facility, they were isolated presumably in their own homes.
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The next morning brought five more confirmed COVID-19 cases in Catanduanes: #4902, a 30-year-old female working as frontliner in a private establishment in Virac who had fever, cough, colds and soft stool on Feb. 25; #4903, a 38-year-old female teacher from Virac who was noted to have colds, loss of sense of smell and sense of taste on Mar. 1; #4904, a 61-year-old female government employee from Pandan with exposure to a confirmed case but is asymptomatic; #4905, a 69-year-old man from Viga with exposure to a confirmed case who had colds on Mar. 2; and, #4906, a 13-year-old girl from Viga with exposure to a confirmed case who had colds on Mar.1. They were all isolated.
The total for the first week of March of 18 new cases has already surpassed the February 2021 total of 15 cases and could overtake the 38 cases recorded in December 2020.
Of the 212 confirmed cases, 175 have recovered, 29 are in quarantine and five admitted as of Saturday, Mar. 6.
The 34 active cases are in Viga (14), Virac (12), Pandan (6), Bato (1) and Caramoran (1).
Overall, the capital town has the most number of COVID-19 cases with 120, followed by Bato with 18, Viga with 17, San Andres with 13, Pandan with 11, Baras with eight, Panganiban with seven, San Miguel with six, and Caramoran, Bagamanoc and Gigmoto with four each.