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Bulacan taking COVID-19 seriously with or without the threat of the new variants
By: PPAO
Thursday, 07 January 2021
CITY OF MALOLOS- The Provincial Task Force on COVID-19 headed by Gov. Daniel R. Fernando will meet tomorrow via zoom to tackle the ongoing pandemic and to stress out to the public to continue taking the disease seriously with or without the threat of the new multiple COVID-19 variants that are circulating globally to date.

Fernando said that no matter what variant of COVID-19 the province is fighting against, they will continue to treat them as enemies of health of every Bulakenyo.

"Kahit anong variant ng COVID-19 ang makapasok pero sana 'wag naman, lahat 'yan pinaghahandaan natin sa awa ng Diyos, malalampasan din natin ito hanggang magkaroon na ng vaccine sa atin, patuloy lang po tayong sumunod sa health protocols," the governor said noting that the pandemic may have crippled the economy but not the resiliency of the Bulakenyos.

In the latest update of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) as of January 6, 2021, the Provincial Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (PESU) has verified a total of 35 new laboratory results, the total confirmed cases verified is now at 10,635 with 398 reported death cases and among alive confirmed cases, 9,683 (91%) have shown recovery while 554 (6%) are still on isolation and monitoring in the hospitals and/or temporary and monitoring facilities.

It is also stated in the report that out of 13,361 specimens sent to National (RITM), Subnational (LCP), and other DOH accredited molecular laboratories, 10,635 yielded positive, while 2,637 had negative results, two equivocal/indeterminate results and 87 specimens are still awaiting result.

To protect the borders, there are a total of 15 quality control points in all entry and exit points of Metro Manila, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga and Bulacan while a total of 13 Bulacan Shield, two dedicated control points and 12 NLEX quality control points are still implemented.

As of today, Bulacan remains under Modified General Community Quarantine.

According to World Health Organization, SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has had a major impact on human health globally; infecting a large number of people; causing severe disease and associated long-term health sequelae; resulting in death and excess mortality, especially among older and vulnerable populations; interrupting routine healthcare services; disruptions to travel, trade, education and many other societal functions; and more broadly having a negative impact on people's physical and mental health.

"While mutations of SARS-CoV-2 are expected, it is important to continue to monitor the public health implications of new virus variants," says WHO. ###

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