Bulacan Governor Daniel Fernando said the province recorded the lowest rate of COVID-19 infection and highest recovery rate of 96 percent, including zero death in the last few months
Governor Fernando attributes this achievement to self-discipline, which he said is the best shield against the deadly virus.
Among other provinces within the immediate proximity to the National Capital Region (NCR), it was Bulacan that shone the brightest in terms of the fight against COVID-19, thus earning acknowledgments from the national government.
In his address to the public via his Facebook page, the provincial chief executive reiterated the importance of strict implementation of health protocols mandated by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) while still waiting for the vaccines while still waiting for the vaccine.
“Ipatutupad po natin ng may lalong paghihigpit ang protokol at pamantayan sa kalusugan upang maiwasan ang muling pagkalat ng COVID-19. Nais nating matiyak na hindi mawawalang saysay ang mga pinagtiisan at ipinaglaban natin noong ECQ,” Fernando said.
He added that even if they have reported the lowest rate of infection and highest in recovery rate, Bulacan is still at war with the said infectious disease. The province tightened checkpoints at the borders of the province, while Fernando ordered the Bulacan Police Provincial Office (PPO) headed by Col. Lawrence Cajipe to double police visibility and strictly implement the IATF health protocols in all public places.
“May karampatang parusa at multa ang lalabag sa health at IATF protocols dahil ang pinakamabisang panlaban ay disiplina ng bawat isa, ang pagsasagawa ng minimum health standards, kaya ugaliin po natin ang patuloy na pag-iingat at huwag po natin itong balewalain, huwag tayong masanay sa mali,” the governor said.
He also said that according to reports, COVID-19 spread has increased during the past holiday season, which is why he is calling on everyone to step up and do their part.
“Ang bawat isa ay maaaring mag-ambag sa pamamagitan ng pagbibigay prayoridad sa minimum health standards para patuloy na makabalik ang mga tao sa kanilang pagtatrabaho, maiiwasan ang pag-akyat ng kaso at ‘di mawala ang pangamba sa pagsasara ng mga negosyo at kawalan ng trabaho, at mas magiging mabilis ang pagbubukas ng ekonomiya,” Fernando shared.
Surveillance updates as of January 20, 2021 showed that out of 11,201 COVID-19 cases in Bulacan, 10,090 (90 percent) have recovered, 703 (6 percent) are active cases and 408 (4 percent) have died. As of this period, 52 new laboratory results were added to the total number of reported verified cases by the Provincial Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (PESU).