Centenarian among 219 COVID-19 cases in July

A 100-year old woman from Calatagan Proper in Virac is among the 219 new cases of COVID-19 recorded in the province of Catanduanes for the month of July 2021.

In its report for July 31, the Provincial Health Office said the history of exposure of the centenarian has yet to be established.

The report did not state whether she was already vaccinated when she was subjected to a swab test,

The July total, which is eight more than the June 2021 figure of 211, brought the total number of cases in the island to 874, of which 763 have recovered.

Of the 219 new cases, 130 or nearly 60 percent were considered close contacts of confirmed coronavirus cases.

Ten new deaths were added last month, coming from Virac (4), Panganiban (3), Caramoran (2) and Viga (1). A total of 31 stricken Catandunganons have died from the disease.

As of Saturday, there were 80 active cases, 65 of which were in quarantine facilities and 15 admitted in local hospitals. Thirty-seven (37) of them were asymptomatic, with 35 having mild symptoms, five with moderate symptoms, and three with severe symptoms.

An analysis of the COVID-19 tracker reports shows four of the 11 towns registered considerable increases in coronavirus cases in July 2021 compared to the previous month.

Viga’s coronavirus cases nearly doubled from 31 on June 30 to 60 on July 31, for an increase of 93 percent.

Panganiban’s cases increased by 77 percent in the same period from 35 to 62 while that of Bagamanoc climbed from 41 to 71, for a growth rate of 73 percent.

The town with the least number of cases, Gigmoto, saw its total rise by 71 percent from seven (7) to 12 at the end of July.

San Miguel’s total also increased by 69 percent from just 23 in June to 39 in July.

Here’s how the total COVID-19 cases in the other towns moved up last month: Pandan, current total 23 (+35%); Caramoran, 62 (+34%); Virac, 338 (+23%); Bato, 62 (+19%); San Andres, 97 (+15%); and, Baras, 48 (+9%.

It is not known how many of the new cases belong to the vaccinated sector.

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