EIGHTEEN sitios in 12 barangays in Lapu-Lapu City are still on lockdown as of Monday, June 15, 2020, due to the growing number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in these areas.
The barangays are Agus, Babag, Basak, Buaya, Gun-ob, Looc, Mactan, Maribago, Marigondon, Pajac, Pajo and Pusok.
Nagiel Bañacia, Lapu-Lapu City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office head, made the disclosure during a video conference with City Hall officials led by Mayor Junard Chan, who is on quarantine after he tested positive for Covid-19 on June 11.
Aside from Bañacia, Lapu-Lapu City Hospital chief Dr. Ronald Oporto also provided updates during the video conference.
In the 18 sitios on lockdown, 45 families are on quarantine after 162 people were found positive for Covid-19, Bañacia said.
Lapu-Lapu City has 168 Covid-19 cases with 68 recoveries and 14 dead.
Local health officials said the number of patients who are symptomatic, or who show signs and symptoms of the disease, has grown by 50 percent.
The symptomatic patients are confined in the Lapu-Lapu City College, which has been converted into an isolation facility that can accommodate 180 persons.
Oporto, for his part, said the city hospital has exceeded its maximum capacity due to the number of Covid-19 patients admitted there.
He said they’ve been having difficulty dealing with other patients like pregnant women who go there expecting to give birth.
Oporto said they plan to put up two tents outside the hospital to accommodate more patients.
Meanwhile, Bañacia assured the public that the city will not revert to enhanced community quarantine, saying the City Government is in control of the situation.
Aside from conducting immediate contact tracing, he cited the growing number of recoveries. (FVQ, JKV)