Numerous cases of persons under monitoring (PUMs) and persons under investigation (PUIs) are on the rise in Lanao del Norte, Cagayan Valley and Bataan amid the coronavirus 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.

In Lanao del Norte, Gov. Imelda Quibranza-Dimaporo signed Executive Order 6, putting the province under enhanced community quarantine as the number of PUIs and PUMs have reached 13 and 135, respectively.

PUIs - PUIs, PUMs up in Region 2, provinces
EERIE A store in Davao Chinatown depicts the effect of the coronavirus on the city. PHOTO BY ARJOY M. CENIZA

The order was issued in a bid to check the spread of the virus.

Under this order, employees are advised to work from home and only those whose jobs are essential are required to report for work.

The governor appealed to the municipal mayors, health officers, doctors, disaster risk reduction and management officers, the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and all concerned agencies to work together as a team in implementing the enhanced community quarantine in their respective municipalities.

The mayors promised to coordinate with one another in supplying essential commodities while the PNP and AFP offered to provide escorts to trucks transporting these goods.

In Region 2 (Cagayan Valley), at least 38,501 PUMs and 138 PUIs have been recorded while a 44-year-old firefighter was confirmed positive of Covid-19 on Sunday.

The Department of Health’s (DoH) epidemiology unit of the Center for Health Development in Cagayan Valley has reported 149 PUMs in Cagayan, 22,441 in Isabela, 1,608 in Quirino, 111 in Nueva Vizcaya and 238 in Batanes.

Designated Patient 275 is a firefighter stationed in Santa Mesa in Manila who traveled to his hometown in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan on March 11.

The patient is currently confined at the Cagayan Valley Medical Center. His colleagues in Manila are being tracked down.

In Bataan, the DoH confirmed a third patient in Orion who is Covid-19 positive, prompting the municipal government to implement stricter measures.

The patient is 55 years old and works in Manila.

He has been confined in an undisclosed hospital since March 15.

Orion Mayor Antonio Raymundo imposed a 24-hour curfew starting midnight of March 24 to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Checkpoints have been set up and barangay (villages) will be issuing quarantine
passes to their residents.

Bataan Gov. Albert Garcia said the other patients, identified as PH 64, M-32, PH 303 and M-24 are recovering.

Latest report showed that there are 5,688 PUMs and 364 PUIs in Bataan.

WITH REPORTS FROM VINCE JACOB A. VIASAYA AND ERNIE B. ESCONDE

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