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: April 3, 2021 - 6:11pm

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)

April 3, 2021 - 6:11pm

The Lipa City health office logs 69 new COVID-19 infections – the highest in April – raising the total to 2,359.

Among the new infections were four call center agents. The youngest among them was a 22-year-old male agent from Barangay 7, who had cough and fever and previously got exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 positive patient.

Also testing positive was a 23-year-old female agent and 28-year-old female agent, both from Barangay Marawoy. A 28-year-old woman from Barangay Sabang, who had colds and cough, also got infected by the virus.

The said patients are already quarantined while health authorities continue to conduct contact tracing for their close contacts. Lipa City now has 1897 recoveries, with 20 new recoveries reported Friday. This means 80.4% have recovered from COVID, higher than Batangas province’s 45.82% recovery rate. — The Filipino Connection/Marlon Luistro

March 27, 2021 - 4:11pm

The Department of Health reports an additional 9,595 cases of the coronavirus disease, bringing the national tally to 712,442. To date, there are 118,122 active cases.

481 individuals are reported to have recovered, pushing the total number of recoveries to  581,161. The DOH logs 10 new deaths, bringing the death toll to 13,159

March 27, 2021 - 10:54am

St. Luke's Medical Center is requiring a mandatory COVID-19 swab test for patients and their companions prior to admission.

"Due to the current surge of COVID-19 cases, St. Luke's Medical Center would require COVID-19 swab test for all patients and their companions prior to admission effective March 29, 2021," the statement reads.

March 26, 2021 - 4:05pm

The Department of Health records another record high 9,838 new coronavirus cases, pushing the national tally to 702,856.

  • Recoveries: 663 new; total at 580,689
  • Deaths: 54 new; toll at 13,149
  • Active cases: 109,018 or 15.5% of total
March 26, 2021 - 11:29am

The inter-agency task force for COVID-19 approves once a day religious gatherings from April 1 to 4 in time for Holy Week.

IATF spokesperson Harry Roque says such gatherings should be done at 10% maximum indoor seating capacity at all times. Mass gatherings or religious activities outside the church or the venue are still prohibited.

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