Sun.Star Baguio

96 Covid cases recorded in Mankayan

- Lauren Alimondo Sun*Star Reporter

NINETY – six active cases of Covid – 19 were recorded December 1 in the mining town of Mankayan in Benguet as the province grapple with the continued increase of virus infection.

Mayor Frenzel Ayong said five of the 96 confirmed one day case were recorded in Lepanto.

Ayong added increase in cases is because of the contact tracing and Covid-19 testing efforts being

conducted by the medical team who are focused on the mining camp.

Over the weekend, the town also received 1,000 Covid-19 testing kits from the Department of Health.

He added the Philex Mining Corporatio­n (PMC) previously shared with the municipal officials and health workers of the town including the personnel of Lepanto Consolidat­ed Mining Company ( LCMC) their best practices in responding to the Covid-19 outbreak in Padcal mine site.

As the municipal, barangay officials and Lepanto officials are doing their part, the chief executive asked the cooperatio­n of the stakeholde­rs of the municipali­ty to follow health protocols.

Ayong recalled it was on November 10 when the town recorded a confirmed case involving a mine worker of LCMC.

As of Tuesday, there are 283 active cases in Benguet with a total of 1,772 recoveries recorded and 17 deaths.

Data from the provincial government shows La Trinidad has 109 active cases, Mankayan with 98 active cases, followed by Tuba with 35 and Itogon with 24.

Active cases in Mankayan are currently admitted at the Lepanto Consolidat­ed Mining Company Hospital, Casuigan Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facility in Barangay Sapid, Lepanto Elementary School Isolation Facility, Lepanto National High School.

Patients are also admitted in Atok District Hospital and Benguet General Hospital while four remain on home isolation.

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