BACOLOD CITY – Deaths due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in this city have reached 168 in September, with most fatalities still unvaccinated, the Emergency Operations Center-Task Force (EOC-TF) reported on Tuesday.
City Administrator Em Legaspi-Ang, EOC-TF concurrent executive director, said the number is more than double compared to 76 deaths recorded in the same month last year.
Based on the latest data, 140 of the 168 fatalities were unvaccinated while only 28 were inoculated.
“Unvaccinated patients are mostly those who developed severe Covid-19 illness,” Ang said.
She added that the city has now a daily average of 109 infections.
The city’s hospital capacity utilization rate (CUR) report dated September 30 also showed that 58 unvaccinated individuals developed severe illness upon contracting the virus and were all admitted to hospitals for intensive treatment.
Dr. Edwin Miraflor Jr., City Health officer-in-charge, said they have observed the rampant spread of Covid-19 in areas with low vaccination rates.
According to the EOC-TF, the city government’s round-the-clock vaccination efforts are hindered by the people’s vulnerability to disinformation about Covid-19 vaccines, making them hesitant to get vaccinated.
As of Monday, Bacolod has a total of 20,579 Covid-19 cases, with 2,162 active cases; 17,934 recoveries, and 483 deaths. (PNA)