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Caraga logs 14 new Covid-19 cases

July 12, 2020 - Sunday 3:07 PM by PNA

Article Banner Image Eight of the new cases are locally stranded individuals (LSIs) while six are returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs). PHOTO COURTESY OF PNA

BUTUAN CITY – The Department of Health in Caraga Region (DOH-13) on Saturday evening reported 14 new confirmed coronavirus 2019 (Covid-19) cases.

The number increased Caraga’s Covid-19 infections to 190 with 90 recoveries and zero death as of July 11.

The DOH-13 said 39 of the 174 individuals who underwent reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) testing actually tested positive for Covid-19 but only 14 of them are new cases while 25 are follow-up tests.

It added that eight of the new cases are locally stranded individuals (LSIs) while six are returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs).

Of the 14 new cases, two are from Butuan City; five from Agusan del Norte -- Nasipit (two), Buenavista (one), Carmen (one) and Cabadbaran City (one); two from Agusan del Sur -- Francisco (one) and San Luis (one); four from Surigao del Norte -- Alegria (two), Bacuag (one) and Del Carmen (one); and one from San Miguel, Surigao del Sur.

The DOH-13 said it received the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test results from the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) and Davao Regional Medical Center (DRMC).

The new cases are asymptomatic and presently admitted and isolated at designated quarantine facilities region-wide for monitoring and management.

DOH-13 director Jose Llacuna Jr. urged the residents in the region to observe all minimum health protocols to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus.

Llacuna made this call as the DOH in coordination with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) monitors the ongoing clinical trials for possible vaccines against Covid-19.

“As announced at the national level, we already have 21 vaccines undergoing clinical trials while 139 are in the pre-clinical evaluation stage,” Llacuna said in a statement Saturday. “While waiting, let us remember that we all have crucial roles to play in this pandemic crisis. Let us not forget to practice the minimum health standards.” (PNA)