By BNN Reportorial Team
THE corona virus pandemic has claimed the lives of 3,520 Filipinos as of Sunday, August 30, or 1.6% of the total number of confirmed cases nationwide. The Department of Health (DoH) said the data are based on the testing output as reported to the DOH as of 12 noon of Saturday, August 29.
Parallel to this, the pandemic has also claimed the lives of at least 102 Batangueños, an independent monitoring by the BALIKAS News (BNN) revealed. Said monitoring records on day-to-day basis the confirmed cases reported by all component cities and municipalities of Batangas province as of 6:00 o’clock in the evening.
Batangas’ 102 deaths accounted for 3.03% of the total confirmed cases in the province and also accounted to 2.90% of the total deaths recorded nationwide.
As of 6:00 o’clock in the evening of Sunday, August 30, there is a total of 3,363 confirmed cases in the province of Batangas – with 1,545 active cases and 1,716 recoveries. The Provincial Office of the Department of Health (PDOHO) only reported 3,127 cases as of 3:00 o’clock in the afternoon, Sunday.
Among the component cities, the City of Lipa has the highest mortality rate of 4.25%, followed by Batangas City with 3.94%. The City of Tanauan has 2.65% while the City of Sto. Tomas has 2.22%.
On the other hand, among the component municipalities of Batangas, the top five towns with highest mortality rate (no. of deaths over no. of confirmed cases) are as follows: (1) Laurel – 9.09%; (2) Balayan – 7.89%; (3) Nasugbu – 6.25%; (4) San Juan – 5.88%; and (5) Lemery – 4.54%.
Ironically, the town of Malvar which registered the high number of cases among the municipalities, i.e., 168 cases has only four (4) deaths or 2.38% mortality rate, while the town of Calaca which has 158 cases, the second highest among the component towns and cities has zero mortality rate and has an amazing 7.41% recovery rate.
The monitoring of contagion in the province of Batangas commenced on the March 2020 with the first two cases recorded – the siblings from Batangas City who have both traveled abroad and was confirmed to be positive of corona virus on March 11. Their cases were traced back to March 1 when they both have onset of symptoms and was later on confined at the Asian Hospital and Medical Center in Alabang, City of Muntinlupa. Patient No. 1 (BC-1, PH49) have recovered but his older sister (BC-2, PH52) died; the first covid-related death case in the province of Batangas.| – BALIKAS News