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8-Month-Old Baby, The First Infant Case Of Covid-19 In Zamboanga City

ZAMBOANGA CITY (June 29, 2020) – An eight-month-old baby boy from Barangay Calarian was the first registered positive case of Covid in this southern port city of Zamboanga and it the 214th case of the city.

Local Task Force Covid-19 announced Sunday night that an 8-month old male infant was tested positive of Covid after the baby was admitted at Zamboanga City Medical Center last June 27, for fever, cough and seizure.

The patient was swabbed and was later tested positive for Covid-19. 

The baby boy is the first infant to be tested with the SARS Corona Virus-2 in Western Mindanao, per DOH records.

Immediately thereafter, the small community where the baby’s family resides was put in “total lockdown”.  About 16 houses with 57 individuals, including 8 other infants were affected by the lockdown and subject for swab test, once contact tracing is over.

Calarian Barangay Chairperson Florencia Arcillas claimed, aside from the 57 individuals residing at Kamias Drive, Purok 7, Arcillas, Calarian some members of the Barangay health workers and Barangay Health Emergency Response Team (BHERT) including the driver of the barangay service that ferried the baby will be subjected to swabbing and mandatory quarantine.

The lady barangay chairperson said, the patient was living with the father and aunt.  The baby’s mother is currently in Manila, and considered Local Stranded Invidual (LSI), awaiting travel for abroad to work.

Arcillas said, their barangay government is faced with a challenged to contact trace those “who recently visited in that community, coming from other barangays”, considering there are no residents in the area have travel history outside Zamboanga City, neither having an LSI or returning OFW in the area.

The 8-month-old baby is not confined at the Zamboanga City Medical Center.

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