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TACLOBAN CITY – Amidst the continuous spike of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in Eastern Visayas, the Department of Health (DOH-8) appealed to local government units (LGUs) to no longer test returning residents and isolate them immediately. 

Roderick Boyd Cerro, chief of the DOH-8 regional epidemiology and surveillance unit, said that they have sufficient evidence to prove that returning residents are infected and testing them is resource-draining.

“They should go straight to quarantine for 14 days. Even if they will not be tested, they are considered as infected so that resources can be directed to test local transmission, which is alarming,” he explained. read more

THE DEPARTMENT of Health – Eastern Visayas Center for Health Development (DOH-EV CHD) has confirmed three deaths due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as cases continue to rise in the region.

The first COVID-19 death was recorded in Kawayan, Biliran. He is a 65-year-old male and a resident of Brgy. Inasuyan of said town. He is a locally stranded individual (LSI) from Manila who arrived last June 11, 2020 onboard a private van together with five other family members. 

Their swab samples were taken on June 14 wherein he tested positive for COVID-19. Patient EV 255 had existing medical conditions such as hypertension, congestive heart failure, and diabetes mellitus. He died on the same date when his swab sample was taken.  read more

MANILA (PNA) – Several lawmakers from Eastern Visayas on Thursday, June 18, called for a review of the government’s Hatid Probinsya program and the health protocols being implemented for locally stranded individuals (LSIs) returning to the provinces.

At least 12 Eastern Visayas lawmakers made the call in light of the rising number of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases in their region.

Hatid Probinsya initiative is a short-term humanitarian effort to assist individuals, tourists, students, and overseas Filipino workers stranded in Metro Manila due to travel restrictions during the quarantine period. read more

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