Bontoc mayor tests positive for COVID-19

Bianca Dava, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 24 2021 04:24 PM | Updated as of Jan 25 2021 08:01 AM

MANILA (UPDATE) - The mayor of Bontoc town in Mountain Province, where the more contagious COVID-19 variant was recently detected, said Saturday he has contracted the illness.

Mayor Franklin Odsey said he was asymptomatic and in isolation after he was informed last January 15 that he tested positive for the coronavirus.

Odsey, in a TeleRadyo interview Monday, said he has been in quarantine for 10 days.

"Hanggang ngayon di ako nagfever, wala akong ubo," he said.

(Until now I have yet to experience fever or cough.)

Twelve people in Bontoc have been infected by the new coronavirus variant, prompting local government to impose a lockdown until Jan. 31 in Barangay Samoki.

A one-week lockdown was enforced on Barangays Bontoc Ili, Caluttit and Poblacion until January 24th, Odsey said in his statement.

The stricter quarantine measures may be extended in the affected areas, he added.

The mayor reminded his constituents to keep their immune system strong, practice minimum health protocols and isolate themselves as soon as they develop symptoms of COVID-19.

Odsey, meantime, clarified that authorities are still investigating the source of the more contagious variant in the town, which has reported a total of 341 COVID-19 cases, with 249 active infections.

"I did not say he or she was the source except that the point of origin was United Kingdom. Having allowed to enter is presumed they have undergone health protocols imposed by IATF kaya nakarating sila sa aming bayan," he said.

Regional personnel are set to arrive in the town to conduct second and third generation contact tracing, he added.

The Philippines as of Sunday logged 513,619 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 27,765 active infections, 10,242 fatalities, and 475,612 recoveries.

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