DOH cites increase in Covid-19 recoveries in Central Visayas

DOH cites increase in Covid-19 recoveries in Central Visayas

COVID-19 RECOVERIES. The Department of Health (DOH)-Central Visayas reports a total of 10,451 total number of patients recovered from Covid-19, as of Wednesday’s data (Aug. 5, 2020). Of the number, 5,992 are from Cebu City. (Graphics from DOH-7)

CEBU CITY – Health authorities in Central Visayas have noted an increase in the number of patients who have recovered from coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

Dr. Jaime Bernadas, DOH-Central Visayas regional director, on Thursday said Region 7 has recorded 298 additional recoveries based on Wednesday’s data which also revealed that the total number of patients already found negative of Covid-19 already reached 10,451.

This capital city listed the highest number of reported new recoveries at 140, followed by Talisay City with 55, and Cebu province (excluding component cities and big towns) with 49, he said.

The towns of Consolacion and Minglanilla, which are now under tight watch (along with Talisay City) due to rising number of Covid-19 cases, have recorded 17 and 14 new recoveries, respectively.

The two highly urbanized cities of Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu, recorded 21 and two new recoveries, respectively.

The DOH-7 chief also noted that 57.33 percent (or 5,992) of the 10,451total number of patients who have recovered from coronavirus in Region 7 is from this capital city.

The progress in Covid-19 recoveries prompted President Rodrigo Duterte and the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) to ease risk classification here to general community quarantine (GCQ) from modified enhanced community quarantine effective August 1.

The DOH-7 has listed a total of 5,507 total active cases, after 93 new cases of coronavirus infection were reported on Wednesday. Of the number, 33 are from Cebu province, 25 from this city, and 17 from Mandaue City. The city of Lapu-Lapu reported nine new cases, four in Minglanilla, and two from Consolacion.

Bohol also reported three new confirmed Covid-19 cases.

Negros Oriental and Bohol reported no new recoveries while the lone Covid-19 case in Siquijor is still listed under the active case category as per DOH-7’s Wednesday bulletin.

Meanwhile, Mayor Edgardo Labella said in a statement on Wednesday he is optimistic that Cebu will be prioritized when the government distributes Covid-19 vaccine once it becomes available in the country.

“Atong ipahibawo sa atong mga kaigsuonan nga priority nato ang health concerns sa katawhan. Maningkamot kita nga ma realign atong budget ug sa budget nato sa 2021 para niini (I would like to announce to the people that health concerns are our priority. We will strive to realign our budget [this year] and the budget in 2021 for this purpose),” Labella said.

The mayor instructed the Local Finance Committee of the city government to realign a certain budget for the purchase of Covid-19 vaccines. (PNA)

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