Increase in COVID-19 tally due to increased testing capacity, Batangas gov says

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 28) — Batangas Gov. Hermilando Mandanas said the reported increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the province was due to its enhanced testing capacity.

Ang pagtaas ng confirmed cases dito ay hindi lamang nagpapakita na dumadami, dahil kailangan rin nating isaisip na dumdami ito dahil dumadami rin ang aming testing,” Mandanas told CNN Philippines News.PH on Monday.

[Translation: The increase in confirmed cases here does not only mean more infections, because we also need to keep in mind that it is also due to enhanced testing.]

Mandanas revealed they now have two operating laboratories in the province.

The governor said to control the spread of the virus, especially in households, they recently prohibited home quarantine. Asymptomatic individuals are instead brought to hotels where they are isolated and treated, with the approval of the person or his or her guardian.

If not applicable, the patient’s house should follow the right safety precautions for home quarantine, like proper ventilation and a separate room and toilet.

Batangas now has 7,187 COVID-19 infections, the fourth province in CALABARZON with the most number of cases. Laguna tops the region's list with 15,879.

CALABARZON meanwhile has 52,276 cases, ranking second among regions with the most number of infections after Metro Manila with 160,796, latest data from the Department of Health show.