Benguet virus infections increase

BAGUIO CITY — The provincial government of Benguet urged residents anew to get vaccinated against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) as the province recorded a 445-percent increase in cases.

Provincial information officer Silver Pilo said that with the reported increase of Covid-19 infections, they are urging unvaccinated individuals to get inoculated.

“Vaccination sites in the different municipalities are still actively being managed by their respective Rural Health Units and other health facilities,” Pilo said.

He added that data from the Provincial Health Office (PHO) showed that from an average of 16 daily Covid-19 cases over the past weeks, Benguet is now recording an average of 28 individuals testing positive for the virus every day.

He said 200 active cases have been recorded as of 8 August, which marks a 455-percent increase from 8 July when 36 active cases were logged.

Pilo added that the provincial government saw a 26.98-percent positivity rate in Benguet.

“Let us continue to observe the minimum public health standards and protocols to protect us,” he said.

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