TACLOBAN CITY – Eastern Visayas region recorded on Wednesday 361 new confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases, the highest number reported in a single day since the start of a global pandemic.
The 361 new cases were part of 1,266 samples examined by the three testing laboratories in the region and the Philippine Red Cross testing facility in Cebu City, the Department of Health (DOH) here reported.
The DOH also recorded four new Covid-19 deaths or one each in Maasin City, Macrohon, and Hinundayan in Southern Leyte; and Ormoc City in Leyte.
Of the total number of new patients, 57 are from Tacloban City, 114 from Leyte, 16 from Ormoc City, 93 from Southern Leyte, six from Northern Samar, 30 from Eastern Samar, 41 from Samar, and four from Biliran province.
With the new infections, the region’s total cases climbed to 22,766, including 20,712 recoveries, and 331 deaths. There are still 1,723 active cases in six provinces and seven cities in the region.
The number of new cases breaks the record-high cases recorded by DOH regional office on June 5.
“The increasing trend of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the region is still attributed to the increased mobility of the people due to reduced travel restrictions, and the complacency to the minimum health and safety protocols when in public areas,” DOH Eastern Visayas regional director Exuperia Sabalberino said in a statement.
Among the super spreader events tagged by the DOH are fiestas, parties, reunions, and other social gatherings.
The public is again reminded that while the region, and its counterpart local communities, are under the threat of the virus, gatherings and celebrations pose a danger to the community as such can be potential sources of coronavirus transmission.
“The DOH and its partner agencies have always been consistent in their guidance to the public and echoed that the local communities must still be vigilant of the risks that these social gatherings can bring,” Sabalberino added.
The health department continues to encourage the public to observe minimum public health standards to mitigate the identified risks of the virus, even after getting vaccinated. (PNA)