Stricter implementation of the Minimum Public Health Protocols in all health facilities and offices could be enforced this week following a sudden increase in coronavirus cases, especially in the capital town of Virac.
This possibility was raised after the Department of Health (DOH) reported four new COVID-19 cases in Virac, all close contacts of the nursing student who tested positive for the infection through RT-PCR last April 26, 2023.
According to a reliable source, two of the new cases are from Cavinitan while the other two are from Calatagan Proper and Rawis.
As of press time Monday morning, nine individuals in Virac and one in Bagamanoc are in home quarantine while nine others – one each in Bagamanoc and San Andres and seven in Virac – have been isolated at home.
The Virac Rural Health Unit has reportedly recommended to Mayor Samuel Laynes the issuance of a memorandum or executive order on the strict adherence to the health protocols in all health facilities and offices of the local government unit.
The directive could possibly include all offices and establishments, where the face mask requirement would be enforced especially in enclosed spaces.
Based on advisories of the DOH Center for Health Development (CHD) Bicol, a total of nine (9) new coronavirus cases in Catanduanes have been reported just this April 2023, up from just two (2) cases in March.
There were just two in February but 12 in the first month of the year, the same records show, contributing to the total of 25 as of Sunday.
Virac accounts for most COVID-19 cases with 10, followed by San Miguel with four (4), Bato and San Andres with three (3) each, Gigmoto with two (2) and Viga, Panganiban and Baras with one (1) each.
No new cases have been detected so far in Bagamanoc, Caramorab and Pandan.