No new COVID-19 cases in Baguio for more than a week

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Baguio City (CNN Philippines, April 7) — While COVID-19 cases continue to rise nationwide, Baguio City has not recorded a new COVID-19 case for more than a week.

For eight straight days, the so-called City of Pines has not reported a new case of the viral disease.

No new cases were also recorded in the Cordillera region where Baguio is located.

Despite this, officials said the city and the region should not let its guard down until the growth of cases in Metro Manila and elsewhere in the country slows down.

"Ang fear kasi natin iyong sa National Capital Region and national picture hindi pa bumaba. Every day tumataas iyong number of cases and deaths,” Health Department – Cordillera regional director Dr. Amelita Pangilinan said Tuesday.

[Translation: Our fear is that cases in the National Capital Region and nationally have not gone down. Every day, the number of cases and deaths rises.]

She added that mass testing should be conducted first in the Cordillera region before the lockdown could be lifted.

Fifty COVID-19 tests from the region are still pending in laboratories, according to data from the Health Department.

There are 19 patients with the viral disease in the Cordillera region, with 12 of them being confined.

The patients were from Abra, Benguet and Baguio City. Ifugao, Kalinga, Apayao and Mountain Province remain free of COVID-19.

A six-year-old girl, a 34-year-old woman and a 40-year-old man are among the confirmed COVID-19 patients in Benguet.

Benguet Governor Melchor Diclas said residents are still advised to practice social distancing, proper handwashing and wearing of face masks.

"For the people Benguet let us not underestimate COVID, it is deadly as seen around the globe,” Diclas said.

Stringer Lauren Anuma contributed to this report.