All suspected cases in Cordillera cleared of coronavirus infection

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CNN Philippines (February 13) – The Cordillera Administrative Region remains free of the novel coronavirus infection or COVID-19 as all of the people kept under watch tested negative for the new viral disease, a health official said Thursday.

CAR consists of Abra, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Apayao, and Mountain Province.

The Department of Health's regional officer-in-charge director Amelita Pangilinan said in a briefing that the tests results were negative for COVID-19 for the nine “patients under investigation” – those who exhibit signs of the new viral infection, as well as had history of travel to China or contact with confirmed cases.

The official said all of the patients, including a 10-month-old girl from Baguio City, are “stable.” Five of them have already been discharged, the local government announced Thursday.

Pangilinan said all of them were advised to see a doctor once they exhibit flu-like symptoms again.

The Panagbenga Festival in Baguio City has been rescheduled to March due to the threat posed by COVID-19.

The annual Strawberry Festival of La Trinidad has been reset to March 9 to 31 also for the same reason.

The popular Sagada town in Mountain Province and the highland towns of Atok in Benguet province and Tinglayan in Kalinga have also temporarily closed tourist attractions as part of heightened precautions against the new virus.