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COVID-19 cases in Bicol continue to rise; region’s total now at 162

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As of yesterday, July 5, the coronavirus disease cases in Bicol Region stand at 162.

“The total number of COVID-19 confirmed cases recorded in Bicol Region is now one hundred sixty-two (162). Active cases are seventy-eight (78),” the DOH Bicol said.

Seven additional cases were reported yesterday, all from Camarines Sur: one (1) is from Presentacion while six (6) are from Naga City.

Three are Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs), while one is a health worker while the others are close contacts of COVID-19 positives.

The breakdown is as follows:

• Bicol#156 – a 7-year old Filipino female from Naga City, Camarines Sur. She is a close contact of Bicol#105. Bicol#156 is asymptomatic and is quarantined.

• Bicol#157 – a 30-year old Filipino female from Naga City, Camarines Sur. She arrived from Laguna on July 2, 2020. She is asymptomatic and is quarantined. Bicol#157 is a helper.

• Bicol#158 – a 49-year old Filipino female from Naga City, Camarines Sur. Her history of exposure is for validation. She first experienced symptoms on July 1, 2020. Bicol#158 is a health worker.

• Bicol#159 – a 53-year old Filipino male from Naga City, Camarines Sur. He is a close contact of patients with local codes Bicol#103, Bicol#107 and Bicol#109. He is asymptomatic and is quarantined. Bicol#159 is an OFW.

• Bicol#160 – a 29-year old Filipino male from Naga City, Camarines Sur. He is a close contact of Bicol#103, Bicol#107, and Bicol#109. He is asymptomatic and is quarantined.

• Bicol#161 – a 25-year old Filipino female from Presentacion, Camarines Sur. She arrived from Novaliches on June 27, 2020. She is also a close contact of Bicol#133. She is asymptomatic and is quarantined at an LGU quarantine facility.

• Bicol#162 – a 28-year old Filipino female from Naga City, Camarines Sur. She arrived from Marikina on June 25, 2020. She is also a close contact of Bicol#103, Bicol#107, and Bicol#109. She is asymptomatic and is quarantined.

Meanwhile, the DOH appealed to to the public to follow health protocols as COVID-19 confirmed cases in Bicol Region are increasing.

“The public especially the Locally Stranded Individuals (LSIs), Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROFs) and close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases must strictly follow quarantine and isolation procedures,” said the department.

“Everyone must follow all the health protocols such as social distancing, use of facemask especially when outdoors, hand washing, cough etiquette, healthy lifestyle and to stay at home. Cooperation and discipline from the public are crucial at this time of crisis,” it added.