Abra confirms first COVID-19 case

BAGUIO CITY — The Philippine National Police (PNP) and medical frontliners are now ensuring that an OFW that turned out positive for COVID-19 will be quarantined in his residence at Manabo town in Abra.

Abra Governor Ma. Jocelyn Bernos confirmed Saturday afternoon in a social media post that the patient who was listed as one of the Persons Under Investigation (PUIs) in Region 1 tested positive for the coronavirus.

Bernos said that a medical institute in San Fernando, La Union just forwarded the result coming from the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) on Saturday.

According to Bernos, the patient also went to Bangued, Licuan-Baay and Sallapadan towns and a local task force is tracing the people he had contact with.

Gov. Bernos said they are going to impose a quarantine over Barangay Catacdegan Nuevo where the patient resides under the guidelines of the state of public health emergency or code red sublevel 2 in the country.

She directed every resident of the barangay to stay in their home. She said that the local government unit of Manabo will see to it that their needs will be addressed as part of the guidelines.

She also reminded all Abrenians of the new curfew time beginning 9 PM to 4 AM. Bernos warned that violators will be arrested.