Batanes records second COVID-19 case

Robie de Guzman   •   October 1, 2020   •   160

MANILA, Philippines – The provincial government of Batanes on Thursday confirmed its second novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) case since the pandemic began early this year.

In a Facebook post, the local government said the second case is another resident who returned to the province last Sept. 22 on board a Philippine Air Force plane.

“We regret to inform the public that another one locally-stranded individual who arrived last Sept. 22 via Philippine Air Force has tested positive [for] the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) today, October 1,” it said.

The patient is asymptomatic and currently under strict monitoring at the Sinakan Isolation Unit in Sabtang, Batanes.

“Contact tracing is now being facilitated by the COVID-19 Task Group-Health Cluster,” the local government added.

The announcement came a few days after the province recorded its first COVID-19 case on Tuesday, Sept. 29.


Batanes gov’t implements temporary travel restriction from March 16-April 16

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 13, 2020

The Batanes government has implemented a temporary travel restriction to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Acting Provincial Governor Ignacio Villa said travel to the province of Batanes will be restricted. However, the travel restriction will not cover persons who are residents of Batanes Province or who are employed in the province and its constituent municipalities.

Also exempted from the travel restrictions are persons “who require entry to the province to fulfill a law obligation or address an urgent issue of national interest: provided that such persons must not come from areas with documented local transmission of COVID-19.”

The travel restrictions would also require persons to present their documents of residency if they wish to enter the province.—AAC

Typhoon Onyok slows down as it nears exit

Marje Pelayo   •   September 30, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon Onyok has slightly slowed down as it moves towards the northwest direction over the Philippine Sea, according to state weather service PAGASA.

As of 5:AM on Monday (September 30), the weather system was located at 180km Northeast of Basco, Batanes with a speed of 20kph, packed with maximum sustained winds of 120kph and gustiness of 150 kph.

PAGASA raised tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) No. 1 over Batanes and Babuyan Group of Islands which means winds of 30 to 60kph or intermittent rains may be expected within 36 hours.

According to PAGASA, the trough of Onyok will bring scattered light to moderate rain showers and isolated thunderstorms over the provinces of Cagayan, Apayao and Ilocos between today and tomorrow (October 1) morning.

Sea travel remains risky especially for small sea vessels over the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon due to potentially rough sea conditions, according to PAGASA.

Typhoon Onyok is less likely to make landfall in the country and it is forecast to exit the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) tonight.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country, meanwhile, will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers throughout the day due to localized thunderstorms.

‘Liwayway’ further intensifies as it moves over Batanes

Robie de Guzman   •   September 3, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Severe Tropical Storm “Liwayway” continued to intensify on Tuesday afternoon, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

In its 5 p.m. weather bulletin, PAGASA said the tropical cyclone wind signal no. 1 is still up in Batanes as “Liwayway” continues to move over the Philippine sea east of the province.

Residents in the area were advised to take precautionary measures against potentially strong winds.

The storm was last spotted at 225 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes, packing maximum sustained winds of 110 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 135 kph.

PAGASA said “Liwayway” is moving north at the speed of 15 kph.

The storm will bring light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains over Batanes and Babuyan Islands.

The state weather bureau maintains the storm is not expected to make a landfall and is seen to exit the Philippine area of responsibility as a typhoon by Wednesday evening or Thursday morning.

Meanwhile, the southwest monsoon is seen to bring scattered light to moderate rains (with at times heavy rain showers during thunderstorms) over Ilocos Region, Central Luzon, Metro Manila, CALABARZON, northern portions of Palawan (incl. Calamian Islands), Mindoro Provinces, and rest of Cordillera Administrative Region.

Residents in the said areas are advised to take precautionary measures against possible floods and landslides.

PAGASA also warned that sea travel is risky over the seaboards of Luzon due to potentially rough sea conditions.


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