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Covid-19 cases nadagdagan! Bangsamoro heightens monitoring of locally stranded individuals, returning overseas Filipinos

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The Bangsamoro government has vowed to strengthen its measures to monitor the continuing influx of locally stranded individuals (LSIs) and returning overseas Filipinos (ROFs) amid the increasing number of coronavirus cases in the region.

As of Thursday, July 2, there were seven more LSIs and one ROFs who were added to the confirmed Covid-19 cases in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), said Bangsamoro Inter-Agency Task Force spokesperson Mohd Asnin Pendatun.

With the additional cases, the number of Covid-19 cases in BARMM rose to 134.

Pendatun said before the influx of LSIs and ROFs under the national government’s “Hatid Probinsya” program, BARMM had only around 12 Covid-19 cases.

Of the 134 cases, 67 are active, 63 have recovered and four died. Eighty-eight of the total cases came from Lanao del Sur, 22 from Maguindanao, 21 from Basilan, three from Sulu, while Tawi-Tawi remains to have recorded zero cases.

Despite the rising number of cases due to LSIs and ROFs, Pendatun said BARMM would continue to accommodate them because “we are not only duty-bound but morally bound to do so.”

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