Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan said the sudden spike in coronavirus disease (COVID19) in the town might have been caused by transmission inside mining bunkhouses.
The Benguet politiko said the new COVID19 cases are patients from Barangays Loacan, Poblacion, Virac, and Ampucao.
“These are all thickly populated mining areas.” Palangdan said.
“We highly suspect that transmission happened inside bunkhouses of several mining companies since infected individuals are mostly workers or miners with their family members living with them,” he added.
Palangdan said the areas are now on lockdown.
“Itogon MHSO are now expediting further contact tracing for isolation and swab testing,” he said.