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‘Mystical’ Siquijor logs first 2 COVID-19 cases

By: - Correspondent / @leoudtohanINQ
/ 01:13 PM August 02, 2020

TAGBILARAN CITY – The island – province of Siquijor on Sunday reported its first two coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, after being the only Central Visayas province to be infection-free since the pandemic broke out.

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In a statement posted on social media, Siquijor Gov. Zaldy Villa said two  locally stranded individuals (LSIs) from the towns of Lazi and Larena tested positive for the virus.

“COVID-19 managed to enter the island despite our efforts to enforce strict health protocols,” he said.

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He said the patients arrived from Metro Manila through the government’s Hatid Tulong program for  LSIs.

They were already isolated to contain the spread of the virus.

Villa stressed that the first two cases in Siquijor were not due to local transmission.

Siquijor, known as the mystic island and the island of fire, is the third smallest province in the country.

QUIET SPOT Visitors seek the tranquility offered by an uncrowded beach in what locals call a “secret cove” at Barangay Paliton in San Juan town. —LEO UDTOHAN

As of August 1, Central Visayas has 16,496 COVID-19 cases (6,070 active cases, 9,575 recoveries and 851 deaths),  the Department of Health (DOH) said.

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