By Villamor Visaya Jr., Philippine News Agency stringer and Philippine Daily Inquirer correspondent

TUGUEGARAO CITY — Authorities in Cagayan Valley Region on Tuesday, Jan. 4, began enforcing tighter inspections at border checkpoints as a precaution against COVID-19 after noting a spike in the number of infections in the past days.

As of Monday, the active COVID-19 cases in the region rose to 127, data from the Department of Health (DOH) regional office showed.

Most of these cases were traced to Cagayan province, which registered 84 active infections, followed by Isabela with 33, said Dr. Ma. Angelica Taloma, cluster head of the DOH-Cagayan Valley’s Collaborating Centers for Disease Prevention and Control.

Tuguegarao City was tagged as “moderate risk” for COVID-19 due to the surge in infections among its residents. So far, the city has 62 active infections.#