MANILA (UPDATE) - Majority of the 12 cases of the more contagious coronavirus variant in Bontoc town, Mountain Province have recovered from the illness, officials said Thursday.
Nine patients remain isolated as their village is on lockdown while 3 are still hospitalized, said Dr. Ruby Constantino, director of the Cordillera Center for Health Development.
"'Yung 12 po sila, 'yung 9 matagal na po silang magaling kaya nasa bahay na sila pero sinabihan po silang 'wag lalabas. Naka-lockdown ang barangay kung saan sila nakatira. 'Yung tatlo stable pero nasa ospital pa rin po," she told ABS-CBN's Teleradyo.
(Of the 12, 9 have long recovered and they are advised not to leave their homes. Their village is on lockdown. The other three are stable but are still hospitalized.)
Bontoc town Mayor Franklin Odsey, however, said 11 patients have recovered while 1 was still admitted in the hospital.
"The lockdown gave us the opportunity to closely monitor 'yung cases na ito, 'yung mga na-confine sa bahay nila kasi (those confined in their homes because) not all of them were hospitalized. Eleven of them have recovered and are continuing their home quarantine and 1 is still in the hospital," he told ANC's Headstart.
Five villages in the town have been placed under lockdown to prevent virus spread, he added.
Odsey earlier placed Barangays Bontoc Ili, Caluttit, and Poblacion under strict lockdown from Jan. 25 to Jan. 31. The local government also extended the lockdown imposed on Barangay Tocucan until Jan. 31.
Meanwhile, Barangay Samoki was placed on strict lockdown from Jan. 18 to 31.
The Department of Health has so far swabbed 1,157 residents in 3 barangays, while it has yet to conduct coronavirus testing in the 2 remaining villages.
Authorities have so far traced 645 close contacts of all patients from first generation to third generation, Constantino said.
An initial 171 close contacts were traced when the 12 patients tested positive for the coronavirus. Of the number of contacts, 39 also contracted the disease and their test results have been sent to the Philippine Genome Center, Constantino added.
"Sa ngayon wala pa po kaming nare-receive na resulta po," she said.
(We have yet to receive their results.)
The Department of Health (DOH) earlier said it was looking at 8 Filipino migrant workers who returned to Cordillera to find the source of the new COVID-19 variant that spread in Bontoc.
The region has so far reported a total of 11,363 COVID cases, with 1,395 active infections, Constantino said.