KIDAPAWAN CITY – North Cotabato recorded 11 new confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases on September 25, with 10 of them locally stranded individuals (LSIs) who just arrived from Manila, an official of the Cotabato Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) said. 

Cotabato 2nd district Board Member and IATF official Dr. Philbert Malaluan said the 11 cases reported on Friday was the highest number recorded so far in a single day in the province.

He added the 10 LSIs were aided by the provincial government’s Task Force Sagip Stranded North Cotabatenos in returning to the province after coming from high-risk areas in Luzon and Metro Manila.

The group arrived at the Davao International Airport (DIA) in Davao City a few days ago.

He added that as part of the airport’s protocol, all arriving passengers, including the LSIs and returning overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from North Cotabato, were swabbed for reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests.

“Based on the results, 10 of them tested positive for the virus,” Malaluan said.

Of the 11 new COVID-19 cases, one died due to acute respiratory failure, community-acquired pneumonia high-risk with hypoxia, chronic kidney disease secondary to diabetes mellitus and hypertension stage 2, the board member said.

The patient was a 66-year old female from Pigcawayan town who expired at the Cotabato Regional Medical Center on September 23.

Malaluan added the patient was first brought to the Dr. Amado Diaz Provincial Foundation Hospital, a government-owned facility, after she experienced loose bowel movement and vomiting, on September 23.

She, however, suffered cardiac arrest on that day and was immediately rushed to the Cotabato Regional Medical Center (CRMC) in Cotabato City but expired hours later, the IATF official said.

Based on the tracker of the Department of Health Center for Health Development in Soccsksargen Region, of the 11 cases recorded in North Cotabato, five were from Antipas, two from Kidapawan City, two from Pikit, and one each from President Roxas and Pigcawayan, who was tagged as Cotabato Patient 120 that expired in September 23.

Six of the hospital’s health care personnel that the IATF considered high-risk because of their direct exposure to Patient 120 were subjected to RT-PCR tests, and placed under quarantine and strict monitoring by the staff from the Rural Health Unit (RHU) of Midsayap. 

Twelve other low-risk health care personnel of the hospital were also placed under quarantine, reports said.

Source: Manila Bulletin (