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Batanes, the only province in the Philippines that is C0VID free

A data analyst claimed that Batanes is the only province without infections of the novel c0ronav!rus.

This northernmost province, along with Quirino and Aurora, has not recorded any case of C0VID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

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Dr. Peter Clayton from the University of the Philippines Pandemic Response Team shared on Twitter on August 4 that Batanes is the only province with zero active cases and having no cases since the start of the outbreak in the country last March.

“Batanes is the ONLY PROVINCE with ZERO ACTIVE CASES, with the province having NO CASES SINCE THE BEGINNING,” Clayton said.

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Experts said then that the geography of the 26 provinces — located in islands, seashores, or mountainous regions — helped shield them from the spread of the C0VID-19, which already infected almost 7,000 people — mostly in city centers — in the country.

But more than 3 months later, the number of total confirmed cases in the Philippines has ballooned to more than 100,000, and Batanes is the only province that still has zero C0VID-19 cases, at least based on the Department of Health (DOH) data as of posting time.

At the onset of the outbreak in February, the provincial government immediately ordered a border shutdown with other Cagayan Valley provinces and island towns.

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Itbayat Mayor Raul de Sagon said this town was one of the first areas to impose travel restrictions in the first week of February. It banned tourists in March before the rest of the country dealt with the specter of the pandemic.

According to the local task force, the swab specimens of six suspected C0VID-19 patients in Batanes had tested negative for infection.

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As of August 4, in Cagayan Valley where Batanes is, there are only 357 cases wherein 165 are active ones, 192 have recovered.

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