Northern Samar's daily COVID-19 cases hit all-time high after Church concert

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CNN Philippines (CNN Philippines, June 12) — Northern Samar recently recorded its biggest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases after a Church concert was held in one of its municipalities, Governor Edwin Ongchuan said Saturday.

"Nagkaroon po kami ng peak po nung June 10. Nakatala po kami ng 123 active [COVID-19] cases sa isang araw lang po iyan. Dito po nanggaling sa munisipyo ng Victoria. Based sa aming contact tracing, nagkaroon po ng tinatawag nilang Church concert," Ongchuan said in a media briefing when asked what might have contributed to the spike in infections in their province. Northern Samar reported only six new infections on June 9.

[Translation: We hit a peak in cases on June 10. We recorded 123 cases in one day alone. The cases came from Victoria municipality. Based on our contact tracing, a Church concert was held.]

"May iba pong mga kababayan natin mula sa ibang bayan. Dito po nagsipunta sa Victoria. Sa kasamaang palad, may naitala pong 2 nasawi dito po sa [COVID-19]," he added.

[Translation: People from other municipalities went to Victoria. Unfortunately, two deaths due to COVID-19 were logged.]

Northern Samar so far has 239 active cases, according to the local government. 

Ongchuan said he has prohibited mass gatherings, adding lockdowns were imposed in a number of areas to stop the coronavirus from spreading further.

Governors in Eastern Visayas have asked the Inter-Agency Task Force to place the region under a stricter general community quarantine due to rising infections.