By Teddy Cambosa

The Municipality of Bontoc in Mountain Province, located at the northern part in the Philippines, have tallied a total of 12 new cases bearing the UK variant of the COVID-19 virus.


According to an online update from the municipality’s Facebook, the new cases were rooted from 35 individuals who were initially tested. The 12 new cases are composed of five women and seven men.

The Municipality of Bontoc has initially declared an indefinite lockdown since January 15 due to fears of COVID-19 outbreaks in the locality.

“We will update you as soon as possible as to intensified measures that the Municipal Inter-Agency Task Force (MIATF) would be undertaking. Official statements and updates shall be released by the Department of Health (DOH), provincial local government units (PLGU) and municipal local government units (MLGU),” said Bontoc Mayor Franklin Odsey. 

The mayor also encouraged Bontoc citizens to adhere to basic health protocols mandated by authorities.

“”Let us cooperate and let us keep safe. Let us all be part of the solution. Together, we shall overcome,” the mayor concluded.

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Teddy Cambosa is a graduating BS Biology student and a former campus journalist at Batangas State University. He is also currently writing for MARKETECH APAC, a small APAC-focused marketing news site.