Region 8 urged not to be complacent amid Covid-19 case drop

Region 8 urged not to be complacent amid Covid-19 case drop

TACLOBAN CITY – Despite the steady decline of new Covid-19 cases in Eastern Visayas, the Department of Health (DOH regional office here has called on the public not to be complacent.

DOH Eastern Visayas regional information officer Jelyn Lopez-Malibago said on Thursday new cases have been going down in the past five weeks and they are hoping the trend will continue.

“In the last three days, number of tests done is lower, but the positivity rate has dropped compared to the past months. This is a good sign, but this should not be a reason for complacency,” Malibago said in a message sent to reporters.

The lowest positivity rate this week was on October 13 at 11 percent and the highest was on October 10 at 16 percent.

This week’s figure is lower than the 21 percent positivity rate noted on October 5.

The official attributed the declining number of new cases to vaccination rollout benefitting health workers, elderlies, sickly, and economic frontliners in the region.

“The vaccination roll-out in the region is continuously in action to help protect the public against hospitalization or any severe form of Covid-19,” she added.

Despite the drop of new cases, the health department continues to appeal to the public to keep following and keep practicing the minimum public health standards all the time and in all settings.

As of October 14, Eastern Visayas has already recorded 49,655 confirmed Covid-19 cases, 48,214 recoveries (97.10 percent), and 541 deaths (1.09 percent).

This brings the number of active cases to 900 or 1.81 percent of the total since the pandemic broke out last year. (PNA)

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