Bicol region records first cases of COVID-19

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The Bicol region broke its COVID-19-free status after recording its first three confirmed cases of the viral disease, the Department of Health reported Friday. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 27) — The Bicol region broke its COVID-19-free status after recording its first three confirmed cases of the viral disease, the Department of Health reported Friday.

The DOH said two of those who contracted COVID-19 are currently confined at the Bicol Regional Training Hospital in Daraga, Albay, while the third was at the Bicol Medical Center in Naga City.

The two Daraga patients are both males, 50 and 53 years old. The patient in Naga is a 48-year-old female. DOH did not provide other details.

“The [DOH Center for Health Development] is validating the said cases and will coordinate closely with the hospitals and the local government units concerned for the contact tracing of those who had exposure or a close contact with the said patients,” said Ernie Vera, DPH CHD Regional Director.

The province of Albay earlier imposed travel restrictions, limiting the entry of persons via land, air and sea, before the cases were brought to light.