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BARMM’s PUIs drop by 61 percent

MARAWI CITY (PIA) — The number of Persons Under Investigation (PUI) due to COVID-19 in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao’s (BARMM) decreased by 61 percent (%).

BARMM’s Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on COVID-19 announced Tuesday, April 7, that out of 254 PUI cases across BARMM, only 100 PUIs are still waiting for results. A total of 136 completed home quarantine and 16 have recovered and discharged.

“’Yong curve natin ay bumababa, pero iyong sinasabi nilang magfa-flatten ang curve ay hindi pa nag-flatten dahil meron pa ring natitirang PUIs at PUMs,” BARMM’s IATF Co-Chair and Health Minister Dr. Saffrullah Dipatuan said.

In the entire region, eight persons tested positive for the said virus. Of these, there were three fatalities and three recoveries while the two ongoing cases are from Datu Odin Sinsuat municipality in Maguindanao and Marawi City.

Dipatuan also noted that out of the 7,785 total numbers of Persons Under Monitoring (PUMs), 2,168 are still undergoing strict home quarantine.

On April 6, BARMM has recorded a new positive case, a 54-year-old male from Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao who is now undergoing strict home quarantine.

Dipatuan also assured that MOH health workers were properly oriented of their responsibility regarding contact tracing and other related actions to fight the virus that caused a global pandemic.

Meanwhile, the Bangsamoro-IATF has formulated a contingency plan as preparation for the worst-case scenario in light of COVID-19.

BARMM Cabinet Secretary and IATF Spokesperson Mohammad Asnin Pendatun said, “we’re hoping it won’t happen but as far as the proactive approach in the task force, nagkaroon tayo ng contingency plan.”

He also added that there are certain indicators to factor in activating the said contingency plan.

“Ang pakay nito ay matugunan ang pangangailangan ng Bangsamoro sa panahon na umabot tayo sa ganoong sitwasyon. In reality, ang ilan na nakapaloob sa contingency plan ay sinimulan na natin,” Pendatun added. (BPI/PIA ICIC)

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