MABALACAT CITY, Pampanga – Three other Aurora residents lost their battle against COVID-19, according to the province’s Emergency Operations Center.
In its May 28 bulletin, the Aurora government said the deaths of a Casiguran city resident, a patient from Dinalungan city, and a third from San Luis city raised the death toll to 39.
Aurora recorded 25 new cases on May 28, bringing the total to 981 COVID-19 cases. 204 of these remain as active cases. About 738 patients have recovered from the virus.
The town of Maria Aurora has the most active cases with 82 treated patients, followed by Baler with 55 active cases and the town of Dipaculao 23.
The number of active COVID-19 cases in Aurora is believed to be high given the population of 215,000 as well as the relative isolation of the coastal province.
While the province is under a modified general community quarantine, which is the most relaxed form of community quarantine, Aurora border controls remain one of the strictest in the country.
Also, Authorized Outside of Residence (APORs) from the private sector must present negative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction test results before being allowed to enter the province.
While one of Aurora’s sources of income comes from the tourism industry, tourists from outside the province are still excluded.
Only the seaside resorts and nature parks in the cities of Dipaculao, Casiguran and Dilasag are allowed to operate. But only Aurora residents are allowed in Dipaculao, while Casiguran and Dilasag only care for their respective residents.
JUN A. MALIG INQ
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