COTABATO CITY - The Department of Health - Center for Health Development in Soccsksargen region confirmed 3 new cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) bringing the total number of cases in the region to 20.
The three new cases include an 18-year-old male from Cotabato City, a 25-year-old male from South Cotabato and a 43-year-old male from North Cotabato.
Cotabato City Health Officer Dr. Meyasser Patadon said the 18-year-old from Cotabato City was among the 39 Cotabato City residents who were brought back home from Davao City under the "Balik Bahay" Program of the City Government.
Patadon said they arrived last Wednesday and had undergone triaging.
During a rapid testing, 4 of the 39 yielded positive results and were subject for confirmatory lab test through swabbing.
Among the 4, only 1 turned out positive in the confirmatory test.
The patient, though asymptomatic, is now in an isolated facility.
The city government strengthened its contact tracing to contain the spread of the virus.
Just last Friday, the local government unit confirmed its 7th case of COVID-19 who is a 26-year-old male.
His travel history is still under investigation according to the regional health department.
There are 2 active COVID-19 cases now in Cotabato City while 6 others have fully recovered from the disease bringing the city’s total to 8.
Meanwhile, the 43-year-old patient reportedly had a history of travel from Misamis Oriental.
His specific date of arrival in the province is still being investigated.
The patient is in stable condition and admitted in a COVID-19 facility in the province.
Earlier, the province recorded 3 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19. Two patients have fully recovered from the disease while the other patient is still isolated pending his third test.
The province has a total of 4 COVID-19 cases.
As of Sunday, there are 12,513 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country, with 824 deaths and 2,635 recoveries.