BARMM records 27 new coronavirus cases

By MASIDING NOOR YAHYA

COTABATO CITY

About 27 new Covid-19 cases were recorded in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) on Thursday night, raising the cumulative total number of cases in the region to 1,000, according to the region’s health ministry.

Amirel Usman, BARMM’s health ministry officer-in-charge, said the new cases are from Lanao del Sur with 21, Basilan and Maguindanao with three cases each.

“There is no need to worry because there was no sudden spike of cases in just a day, our recent cases are mostly close contact of confirmed cases,” Usman said.

He said 733 of the cumulative total of 1,000 have recovered from the disease for an equivalent of a 73-percent recovery rate.

Active cases in the region are at 229 with 38 deaths.

“We have a low fatality rate, all these death cases had comorbidities,” Usman added.

Since March this year, the cumulative total of confirmed cases per province in the region indicated that Lanao del Sur has the highest at 528, followed by Maguindanao, 131; Basilan, 114; Tawi-Tawi, 88; and Sulu, 19.

The other 120 cases were locally stranded individuals (LSI) of the island-provinces of BaSulTa (Basilan-Sulu-Tawi-Tawi) who were recorded separately since they were redirected to Maguindanao from Cagayan de Oro City last July 7.

Usman said 43 percent of the total cases in the BARMM are LSIs and returning overseas Filipino workers. (With PNA)

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