No community transmission of any COVID-19 variant in Bulacan, says local health office

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The Bulacan Provincial Health Office (PHO) clarified that there is no community transmission or infection of any type of COVID-19 variant in the province.

In the Facebook page of Bulacan-PHO, Dr. Hjordis Celis, Provincial Health Officer II, said that the three returning Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who have been infected with the variants are all recovering and are just completing their quarantine.

She said the Bulakenyos should not worry about the said COVID-19 variant because there was no infection or community transmission from the three OFWs.

It was learned that as soon as they arrived in the country, they were immediately quarantined by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Quarantine Operations.

“Returning OFWs have already completed quarantine when the result of genome sequencing or the process carried out to determine the COVID-19 variant came out,” according to the PHO.

Celis added that even though they were “recovered” they were still able to immediately carry out contact tracing by the Local Government Units (LGUs) where their close contacts were immediately identified.

The returning OFWs were again quarantined as well as the RT-PCR test was conducted on their close contacts where most of them turned out to be negative.

Among the OFWs shown with the COVID-19 variant was a 41-year-old man came from Qatar who was from Bulakan, Bulacan, who reportedly had no close contact when he arrived in the country.

A 33-year-old woman who came from Dubai who was from San Ildefonso, Bulacan and had 11 close contacts but immediately underwent RT-PCR test of which one tested positive and is under strict monitoring and quarantine by the LGU.

Due to the gradual increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the province, Governor Daniel Fernando continues to call on Bulakenyos not to be complacent and he said to always follow health protocols to prevent the spread of the virus.

According to Fernando, the second batch of 7,050 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from DOH-Region 3 has arrived last Friday. The Sinovac vaccine came first for 900 frontline health workers.

Meanwhile, the Pandi Municipal Government has implemented an Executive Order for the first time in Bulacan province since the province was placed under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) until March 31, 2021 of a 7-hour municipality-wide curfew from 9:30 pm to 4:30 am effective March 11, 2021.

According to Mayor Enrico Roque, he released Executive Order (EO) No. 018-2021 due to the continuous increase of COVID-19 cases outside the municipality of Pandi as a measure to prevent the spread of the virus.

The mayor added that he is very concerned about the increase in COVID-19 case data in the country and many Pandienyos have forgotten to follow the health protocols, some were not wearing face masks, face shields and do not use alcohol and maintain physical distancing.

Roque reminded that the fight of every Filipino in COVID-19 is not over yet, where he said that as long as someone is positive of the disease, thousands of peoples’ lives will be put in danger.

The executive order includes restrictions on the borders of Pandi town connecting Metro Manila and restrictions on public vehicles that do not comply with health protocols.

On Friday, the Bulacan PHO recorded 895 active cases, 12,176 recoveries out of 13,544 total confirmed cases and with 473 deaths.

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