COTABATO CITY – Active coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases have continued to decrease in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), despite being tagged as having the lowest vaccination rate across the country.
As of Monday, only three new infections have been reported by the Bangsamoro Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) — two from Cotabato City and one in Maguindanao.
The provinces of Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi; and the cities of Marawi and Lamitan logged zero Covid-19 cases since March 30, according to Dr. Amirel Usman, BARMM health director general.
BARMM also reported zero fatality due to Covid-related diseases during the period.
“The region has been categorized as low risk for the past weeks, even months, on several days we have zero new infections, sometimes we have 1 or 2 or three cases only,” Usman said during the news conference here Monday.
He noted that most of the hospital beds reserved for Covid-19 cases have been vacant, a good indication that “our infections are very low now.”
The region has recorded 19,761 total cumulative confirmed cases with 688 deaths and 19,072 recoveries since the pandemic was declared in March 2020.
In terms of vaccination, Usman said the region has 1,179,146 total vaccinated individuals, and those fully vaccinated numbered 836,000 or about 28 percent of the target population of 4 million in BARMM.
Usman also announced that from May 5 to 20, BARMM IATF will conduct massive vaccination activities in the following areas: Marawi, Sulu, Basilan, Lamitan City, Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur and Tawi-Tawi.
BARMM eyes to inoculate 1,472,917 individuals during the 15-day special vaccination schedule.