Two days after the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) reverted this city to enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) status, the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases here have further jumped to 4,015.
On Wednesday, the Cebu City Health Department (CCHD) recorded 201 more confirmed cases of Covid-19.
A CCHD advisory, however, said the city only has 1,980 active coronavirus cases, with patients either undergoing home isolation or confined in city-run patient care facilities or hospitals.
The data also showed 64 patients who have recovered and seven more deaths.
The total number of recoveries reached 1,988, which is 49.5 percent of the total confirmed cases.
The total number of deaths is now 48, which means that the mortality rate in the city is 1.2 percent.
Of the 201 newly confirmed cases, Barangay Lahug has the highest number at 29; followed by Poblacion-Pardo and Sambag 1 with 18 each; Sambag 2 with 15; Bulacao with 12; Inayawan with 11; and Apas and Kasambagan with 10 cases each.
The village of Basak-San Nicolas has nine new cases; Guadalupe, eight; Labangon, seven; Quiot, five; and Mambaling, Talamban and Tisa, four cases each.
Barangays Calamba and Cogon-Pardo have three cases each while Day-as, Kinasang-an, Lusaran, Mabolo, Punta Princesa, San Antonio, Sawang Calero, and Tinago have two new cases each.
One case has been detected in each of Barangays T. Padilla, Sapangdaku, San Roque, San Nicolas-Proper, San Jose, Pulangbato, Pasil, Hipodromo, Duljo-Fatima, Camputhaw, Buhisan, Bonbon, Banilad, Banawa, and Bacayan.
The seven new deaths due to Covid-19 came from the villages of Guba (2); Pung-ol (1); Inayawan (2); Poblacion-Pardo (1); and Sambag 2 (1).
The 64 recoveries are from Barangays Ermita with 31; Tejero, 10; Duljo-Fatima, 8; Bulacao and Sambag 2 have 3 each; Poblacion-Pardo, Labangon and Inayawan, 2 each and one each in San Roque, Luz, and Cebu City Jail.
Despite the spike in Covid-19 cases, Mayor Edgardo Labella on Tuesday said he was determined to stand for the reversion of the city into a lower risk classification based on data that reflects a high recovery rate and low mortality rate.
“I have, however, filed an appeal to return the city to general community quarantine (GCQ) based on significant data we have,” he said.
Labella said, however, that “pending resolution of that appeal, let us work together to make sure that the ECQ regulations spelled out in my Executive Order (EO) No. 082 are strictly followed”.
On Tuesday, he signed the order calling on the military and police “to strictly enforce” the stringent quarantine protocols in the city to curb the spread of Covid-19 in 80 villages.
Labella also required all hospitals – private or public – to submit to him daily Covid-19 bed occupancy reports to determine the veracity of claims that medical centers have run out of accommodations due to the rising number of patients infected with the coronavirus.
Source: Philippines News Agency