3-day-old baby dies of COVID-19 in Bohol; Cases soar to 124

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Feb. 13 (PIA) –- A three-day-old infant who died due to COVID-19 brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Bohol to 20 this week, with 124 active cases as of Feb. 13.

As to how the infant, who was reportedly born premature and was confined in the neo-natal section of an unnamed hospital here, could have been afflicted has baffled medical workers.

Investigation is now being done to explain the infant’s death. 

Of the 124 total cases, 74 percent or 92 of these cases are of people who were infected from mingling with persons who were supposed to be in self-isolation and have refused to heed the calls to stay at home.

With these unknown, asymptomatic people moving around, the possibility of further increasing the local transmission remains high.

The 124 active COVID-19 cases recorded a day before Valentine's Day also comes with six new cases with a high probability that these, too, are from local transmission.

In the same day, there were 92 cases recorded from local transmission, with the remaining 26 cases brought in by Returning Overseas Filipinos (ROF), Locally Stranded Individuals (LSI), and Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APORs).

In the 8:00 p.m. COVID report which the Bohol Inter Agency Task Force shared Saturday night, it showed the town of Dauis leading in local transmission with 41 cases, followed by Ubay with 25, Tagbilaran City with 13 local transmission cases.

Other cases of local transmission are from two Maribojoc residents, one Baclayon resident, two Panglao residents, two Loon residents, one Pilar, one Lila, one Candijay resident, and two healthcare workers from Mabini.

Meanwhile, the six new cases which have not yet been determined as to their source of transmission come from three Ubay residents, one Bilar APOR, one Bilar LSI, and one Loboc LSI.

Of the 26 cases brought in by Boholanos or by APORs from outside Bohol, majority or 17 cases are from returning LSIs and the rest are APOR. 

Also recorded on the same day are two Mabini ROFs and an Overseas Filipino Worker from Maribojoc.

Since March of last year, the BIATF reported 57,002 Boholanos who were LSIs, OFWs, ROFs and APOR who have been accepted back in Bohol. 

Since then, Bohol has also tracked 830 recoveries from the disease. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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