Caraga put under enhanced quarantine after confirming region's first COVID-19 case

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 6) — COVID-19 has now spread to every region in the Philippines, after Caraga region in northeastern Mindanao recorded its first case on Monday.

The case prompted authorities to put the entire region under enhanced community quarantine.

A 68-year-old male patient from Butuan City has contracted the virus and has been suffering from diabetes with chronic obstructive lung disease, Department of Health-Caraga Regional Director Jose Llacuna Jr. told the Philippine Information Agency-Caraga.

Llacuna said the patient had a travel history from Manila on the third week of March. He was admitted in one of the major hospitals in the region on March 25 initially for fever, sore throat and cough.

The patient was admitted in one of the major hospitals in the region on March 25 initially for fever, sore throat and cough.

Caraga was the last remaining COVID-19-free region in the Philippines as of Sunday, pending the results of the admitted patient.

With this development, the Caraga Regional Task Force also approved a resolution placing the region under enhanced community quarantine starting Monday until revoked.

The Health Department's latest report showed the country has 3,660 COVID-19 cases to date, 163 deaths and 73 recoveries. 

CNN Philippines' data is sourced from the DOH, including its regional offices and local provincial health offices.