COVID-19 watch: Suspected carriers in Caraga now 24

The number of suspected coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients in Caraga region has risen to 24 on Thursday from only 19 suspected carriers on Monday, according to the Department of Health (DOH) COVID-19 tracker.

As of 8 p.m. Thursday (April 23), DOH-13’s COVID-19 tracker recorded 24 suspected cases and three confirmed cases–all are from Butuan.

The COVID-19 Caraga tracker indicated that the region’s capital, Butuan City continues to have the highest number of suspected COVID-19 cases at 13, followed by Agusan del Norte, cities of Bayugan and Tandag with two cases each, and one case each from the provinces of Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Sur and the cities of Cabadbaran and Bislig.

The latest confirmed COVID-19 patient recorded on Wednesday, a 10-year-old girl, is the daughter of one of several cockfighting aficionados from Butuan who attended the Davao derby last month.

The girl is in stable condition and asymptomatic.

The first confirmed virus carrier, a 68-year old male and also from Butuan. He already recovered and was discharged from the hospital on Saturday.

The region’s second case of the viral disease is that of a 65-year-old man who had close contact with a relative who attended the recent cockfighting event in Davao City.

He is still confined at the Caraga Regional Hospital in Surigao City and is also in stable condition. CLC

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