COVID-19 cases in Western Visayas rise to 53

Regi Adosto, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 22 2020 01:27 AM

Fifty-three coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases have been recorded in the Western Visayas region as of Tuesday, after one new patient was confirmed in Negros Occidental, according to health authorities.

The patient was identified as a 42-year-old man from La Castellana town. He may have contracted the disease from two close contacts from Pavia, Iloilo, officials said.

The Department of Health-Region 6 said in a press briefing Tuesday that of the 53 cases, 4 are medical workers including 2 doctors.

Of the 53, 23 were confirmed infected with COVID-19 after contact tracing.

Health authorities are continuing their contact tracing for more possible COVID-19 patients.