COVID-19 Hits Batanes Again After a Month of Being Virus-Free

An 82-year-old man returning to Batanes from Bacoor, Cavite became the province’s third case of COVID-19, a month after it was cleared of the disease.

The provincial government of Batanes said the man is currently isolated at a Batanes Resort while “extensive” contact tracing is being conducted.

Three of his relatives who returned to Basco, Batanes with him onboard a SkyPasada plane tested negative for the highly-infectious disease.

Batanes’ local government reminded the public not to panic as all returning residents immediately undergo screening for COVID-19 at Basco Airport and are sent to isolation facilities if they have symptoms of the disease.

Batanes recorded its first two cases of the new coronavirus in September and October after nearly eight months of being free from the virus.

The first patient in the province was a locally-stranded individual returning onboard an Air Force plane. The second patient was on the same aircraft.


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