Twelve cases of the B.1.1.7 (UK variant) of the SARS-CoV-2 were reported in Mountain Province.
Bontoc Mayor Franklin Odsey made the announcement on the Municipality of Bontoc’s Facebook page.
According to the post, the twelve cases were part of the 35 specimens that were tested.
In a separate post by Mayor Marcos Ayangwa of Paracelis, he shared a screenshot of a data with the heading “Detection of Local Cases in CAR Positive for B.1.1.7”.
The post indicated that the 12 cases from Bontoc, Mountain Province, have been traced to a cluster of cases in province starting December 27, 2020.
The patients include seven males and five females with samples collected between January 3 and 9, 2021.
Bontoc LGU has urged the residents to intensify adherence to basic health protocols as their lockdown is still in effect.
“Rest assured that the LGU is doing its best to help deter further spread,” a portion of the post read.
Mayor Ayangwa, on the other hand, reiterated that no persons shall be allowed in their municipality of they have not undergone antigen test.
The Department of Health (DOH) has not yet issued any update on this. (ES)