4 Baguio barangays on lockdown as city records first COVID-19 case in 13 days

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 10) — Four barangays in Baguio are now on lockdown after the city confirmed its first COVID-19 case in 13 days on Good Friday.

Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong announced that residents from Upper and Lower Dagsian, Hillside and Scout Barrio would only be allowed to leave their homes for essential travel.

A 46-year-old woman, who works as a street sweeper in Scout Barrio and resides in Barangay Dagsian, is Baguio City’s first COVID-19 patient after nearly two weeks.

Magalong said the patient first experienced symptoms on April 3 and was subjected to a rapid test on April 7. A polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test two days later confirmed the presence of the new coronavirus in the woman’s body.

The city said it is now tracing people who might have come in contact with the woman.

For almost two weeks, Baguio City had not recorded a new COVID-19 case, which Magalong attributed to transparency, mass testing, and effective contact tracing.

Baguio now has 15 cases of COVID-19, including one fatality. Nationwide, there are over 4,000 cases of the highly-contagious disease.