MOH Minister Dr. Bashary Latiph said during a press conference on Tuesday, Aug. 17 in Cotabato City, that the BARMM is a ‘low-risk’ area across the country.
COTABATO CITY – Health officials of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) announced on Tuesday, August 17, that the region remains a ‘low risk’ area for the Coronavirus disease 2019, but urged the public to continue practicing safety prevention protocols.
Dr. Bashary Latiph, minister of the Ministry of Health (MOH) said the region has so far reported a total of 9,706 cases or less that one percent of the Philippines’ total cases at 1.756 million cases.
As of Monday, August 16, the BARMM recorded 11 fresh cases, which makes the total active cases at 454—five from Maguindanao, four from Cotabato City, and two from Lanao del Sur and Marawi City.
Yesterday’s figures also showed 28 additional recoveries that marks total recoveries at 8,879, or 91.48 percent of the region’s total cases.
“Tayo po dito sa BARMM ay nananatili pa ring low-risk,” Dr. Latiph noted.
BARMM still shows the lowest cases of Covid-19 across the country’s 17 regions, where its neighboring Soccksargen (Region 12), Zamboanga Peninsula (Region 9), Davao Region (Region 11) and Northern Mindanao (Region 10) have posed more than 30,000 cases or higher.
Despite this, the MOH still urged the public to “not lower their guards” against the pandemic.
“Ipagpatuloy po natin ang pag-obserba ng minimum health standards; ang pag-wear ng masks at faceshields, pagsasagawa ng social distancing, at pag-iwas sa mga social gathering,” Dr. Latiph said.
Vaccination in the region continues to roll, as BARMM healthcare workers have already administered 301,619 vaccinations.
Some 192,000 individuals across several priority groups were already fully vaccinated; 131,817 of them received the single dose Janssen vaccine.
All of the region’s 23,273 frontline healthcare workers, including medicine, nursing, and midwifery students, were vaccinated with their first dose, and 19,571 of them were fully vaccinated.
“Kami po sa Ministry of Health ay hindi nagsasawa sa aming paggampan sa aming tungkulin upang protektahan ang ating mga kababayan,” Dr. Latiph said.
Latest figures show that the region has already received 470,800 doses of Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Johnson&Johnson, Pfizer, and Moderna vaccines. (Bangsamoro Information Office)
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