BAGUIO CITY (August 4, 2020) – Abra governor Ma. Jocelyn Valera-Bernos has suspended all social and mass gatherings in the province starting Monday this week.
This after Abra saw its biggest surge of COVID19 cases Sunday with 16 fresh cases.
Bernos cited the sudden increase in confirmed cases involving cases transmitted locally, the first COVID19 death in the province on Friday and that some of those fresh cases are front liners assigned in different communities, as primary reasons for her suspension of all mass gatherings province-wide.
She advised all government offices, town mayors including barangay chairmen to suspend all gatherings even work-related, educational, religious activities and even indoor sports activities in gyms and other public areas, while encouraging the use of online platforms or electronic means to transact businesses.
Coming in late Sunday afternoon were seven new cases the Abra provincial health office said – three workers from the Abra Provincial Hospital; one from the Governor’s Office; two returning local residents of Bucay town; and a front liner in Villaviciosa town.
This as from Abra’s 9 active COVID19 cases Saturday, 9 turned in Sunday morning, said Abra governor Ma. Jocelyn Bernos, identifying them only as “AC21-29” (6 from Lacub town; 1 Bangued; 1 Pidigan and 1 Pennarubia).
With the 7 additional cases Sunday afternoon, “AC30-AC36”, Abra active cases hiked to 25 for a total of 36, with 10 recoveries.
This, after the province recorded its first COVID19 death last Friday – “AC13”, 85, from Padangitan, Danglas, who came from Antipolo City and arrived home already with symptoms of COVID19. Confirmation via RT-PCR test was conducted on the patient and came out positive.
“AC13” died at exactly 9:19PM Friday, Bernos said, as she expressed her deep regrets “with the loss of another precious life”.
With the fresh cases, Gov. Bernos again reminded her province mates to maintain their high regard for following strict health protocols and personal hygiene to parry off infection.
A 9PM-4AM curfew was also imposed by Gov. Bernos around Abra that started Saturday night after the Provincial anti-COVID19 Task Force executive committee ruled to impose the curfew as yet another measure to thwart the spread of the disease.
Work at the Governor’s Office, Administrator’s Office and at the Abra provincial hospital were also suspended.
Artemio A. Dumlao