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New Coronavirus cases in Pampanga

On April 1st (not an April fools joke) 3 new cases of coronavirus were reported in Pampanga, with a further 4 cases in nearby Tarlac.

As is the norm in the Philippines exact wheres and whys of the cases has been disputed between provincial and municipal levels, but as things currently stand they look like this:

  •     San Fernando- 3
  •     Floridablanca- 2
  •     Macabebe- 2
  •     San Simon- 2
  •     Porac- 2
  •     Bacolor- 1
  •     Apalit- 1
  •     Total 13

Three of the said patients have died, one each from San Fernando, Bacolor, and Apalit. Three of 13 being way above the international death rate of coronavirus.

Pampanga has 140 patients under investigation (PUI), 6 of whom have died, 32 have been discharged from hospitals, and 67 are under self-quarantine.

Again these are official reports, and if the numbers do not add up, or make sense to you, you are far from alone.

Coronavirus in Tarlac

Tarlac have reported 17 cases of COVID-19, as well as the following:

As of Wednesday, there are 100 PUIs in Tarlac with severe symptoms, 43 of them have tested negative for the coronavirus, while 277 PUI have mild symptoms; and 17,444 are persons under monitoring (PUMs).

Of the 100 severe PUIs, 18 have died, including 3 who are not residents of Tarlac.

Tricycles parked in front of a commercial building are being disinfected as part of the Angeles City government’s measures against COVID-19. Photo courtesy of the City Information Office

What does this mean for us in Angeles City?

To cut a long story short whilst the numbers are not “horrifying” they are still going up at a rapid enough rate that President Duterte is more than likely to extend the lockdown of Luzon beyond the deadline that was set of April 12th.

Sadly none of us have a crystal ball, but it seems more than likely that things will certainly get worse before they get better, with a heady financial impact on all parts of the Angeles City community.

And yes, walking street is still closed.

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