COTABATO CITY: The Ministry of Health of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (MOH-BARMM) said a total of 120 persons have so far recovered from the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) since March 18 as a new positive case was reported Monday.
Dr. Safrullah Dipatuan, BARMM health minister, said more patients have been recovering, an indication the region is moving to “flatten the curve.”
The 120 recoveries are 30 percent of the total 403 positive cases in the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, and the cities of Marawi and Lamitan.
Of the 403 patients, 275 remained in the hospital while eight fatalities were recorded. Of the total confirmed cases, 325 were locally stranded individuals (LSIs) who have returned home recently, 21 returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs), and 57 non-LSI/ROF.
Dipatuan also said there are 407 suspect cases in the region and 332 have been discharged and classified as improved and have completed home quarantine.
“About 75 are completing home quarantine,” Dipatuan told reporters here in an interview Monday. He added that the region has only 11 probable cases.
“We remain positive we can defeat Covid-19,” Dipatuan said, as he reiterated an appeal for cooperation to BARMM constituents to wear face masks all the time, regularly wash hands with soap, and observe safe physical distancing.
A three-year-old boy from Malabang, Lanao del Sur was the eighth Covid-19 death in the region, BARMM Interior Minister Naguib Sinarimbo said.
The boy who was suffering from pneumonia was admitted to the Cotabato Regional and Medical Center (CRMC) on July 18, was swabbed, and died a few hours later.
“The child was already too sick when he was admitted at the CRMC on Friday,” Sinarimbo said of the boy, the fourth recorded patient from Lanao del Sur to have died of Covid-19.
As of Tuesday, Dipatuan said Lanao del Sur and Marawi City remain to have the highest number of Covid-19 patients at 161 patients, representing about 40 percent of the region’s total positive cases, with four deaths; while Basilan and Lamitan City have 75 cases and one fatality.
Maguindanao remains at third with 36 positive cases while Sulu has 10 patients with three deaths.
(With a report from Noel Punzalan/Edwin Fernandez/PNA/SRNY/RSP)