BuCor chief Bantag tests positive for COVID-19
In this photo release on Oct. 9. 2019, Bureau of Corrections Director General Gerald Bantag and Police Major General Guillermo Eleazar, PNP NCRPO director, are in a police APC that was used in demolition of illegal structures at the New Bilibid Prison.
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BuCor chief Bantag tests positive for COVID-19
(Philstar.com) - September 21, 2020 - 10:40am

MANILA, Philippines — Bureau of Corrections Director General Gerald Bantag has tested positive for the coronavirus.

“I’m confirmed COVID positive,” he told reporters in a text message.

In an interview with DZBB, Bantag said he experienced “chills,” high fever, cough, and headache on the first two nights. The symptoms went away on the third night, but he said he tested positive on the swab test.

Bantag underwent an RT-PCR test for COVID last week and results were released on Monday.

The BuCor chief said he does not have any underlying conditions. Bantag added he is not confined to a hospital but is staying in his quarters since he is not experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.

There are at least four active COVID-19 cases among BuCor personnel. Last Saturday, BuCor said its spokesperson Gabriel Chaclag and two of Bantag’s aides contracted the coronavirus. Chaclag is reported to have mild symptoms and has since been in quarantine.

Bantag said his driver and security aide tested positive. He added he may have contracted the coronavirus while riding the van with his aides.

BuCor has yet to give updated information on COVID-19 infections it recorded among its personnel and inmates. Latest data release late in July showed 350 staff and convicts tested positive for the coronavirus, while 21 died.  — Kristine Joy Patag

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LATEST UPDATE: October 26, 2020 - 4:15pm

Other regions and provinces in the Philippines considered moderate and low-risk areas will be placed under general community quarantine starting May 1. Bookmark this page for updates. (Main image by The STAR/Edd Gumban)

October 26, 2020 - 4:15pm

The Department of Health reports 1,607 new COVID-19 cases Monday, bringing the overall number of infections in the country to more than 371,000.

To date, 371,630 people in the Philippines have had COVID-19. Active cases rose to 36,333, comprising 9.8% of the total cases in the country. — Gaea Katreena Cabico

October 25, 2020 - 4:09pm

The Department of Health on Sunday reports 2,223 additional cases of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines, bringing the national caseload to 370,028.

The DOH also confirms 14,944 new recoveries and 43 newly-reported deaths, pushing the total of reported recoveries to 328,036 and the death toll to 6,977.

With these figures, the total of active cases (net of deaths and recoveries) in the country is now at 35,015.

October 22, 2020 - 6:44pm

About 60% of adult Filipinos deem the efforts of public transportation owners' actions in preventing the spread of COVID-19 among their employees adequate.

The national mobile survey conducted from September 17 to 20 also found that 27% of the respondents consider them inadequate while 13% are undecided.

The poll was conducted using mobile phone and computer-assisted telephone interviewing among 1,249 adult Filipinos nationwide. Error margin is at ±3% for national percentages, ±6% for Metro Manila, ±5% for Balance Luzon, ±6% for the Visayas, and ±6% for Mindanao.

October 22, 2020 - 4:07pm

The Department of Health reports 1,644 additional coronavirus cases in the country, pushing the national caseload to 363,888.

The DOH also records 632 new recoveries, bringing the total of recovered cases to 312,222. The Philippines' death toll now stands at 6,783 with 38 new deaths.

Total active cases (net of COVID-19 deaths and recoveries) in the country is now at 44,772.

October 21, 2020 - 4:06pm

The Department of Health reports 1,509 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country, raising the national tally to 362,243.

The DOH also records 911 additional recoveries, pushing the total of recovered patients to 311,506. The national death toll now stands at 6,747 with 60 new deaths reported.

With these figures, the total of active cases (net of deaths and recoveries) in the country is now at 43,990.

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