Cebu City health reports 70 more Covid-19 cases

THE Cebu City Health Department (CCHD) recorded 70 new Covid-19 cases, 79 laboratory-negative and 19 new deaths on June 25, 2020.

The 19 new recorded fatalities were from barangays Basak San Nicolas (2), Calamba (1), Duljo (1), Hipodromo (1), Inayawan (2), Labangon (2), Mabolo (1), Mambaling (2), Pahina (1), Pasil (2), San Nicolas Proper (1), San Roque (1), Suba (1), and Tejero (1).

The CCHD indicated that the deaths did not occur on a single day, as five occurred in May and the rest from June 1 to 20.

The 70 new Covid-19 cases are from barangays Apas (3), Basak Pardo (1), Basak San Nicolas (3), Bo. Luz (1), Bulacao (4), Busay (1), Camputhaw (2), Carreta (1), Cogon Pardo (2), Cogon Ramos (1), Guadalupe (6), Inayawan (1), Kalunasan (1), Kasambagan (1), Labangon (3), Lahug (4), Lusaran (1), Mabolo (4), Mambaling (1), Pahina Central (2), Pardo (3), Punta (1), Sambag 1 (6), Sambag 2 (2), San Antonio (4), San Jose (1), San Nicolas Proper (1), San Roque (2), Sawang Calero (1), T. Padilla (1), Talamban (2), Tejero (1), Tinago (1) and Tisa (1).

The new laboratory-negative are from barangays Basak San Nicolas (3), Camputhaw (10), Day-as (1), Ermita (1), Inayawan (10), Kalunasan (4), Lorega (2), Pahina Central (1), Sambag 2 (17), San Roque (1), T. Padilla (7), Tejero (8), Tinago (10), Tisa (1), Zapatera (2), and one from the Cebu City Jail.

The CCHD extracted two Covid-19 patients from the tally after verifying that the patients are not residents of the city.

Cebu City now has a total of 4,607 Covid-19-positive patients with 2,321 laboratory-negative and 119 mortalities.

Active cases in the city are 2,167.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health (DOH) on June 25, reported 778 additional Covid-19 cases, which brought the total case count in the country to 33,069.

DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, in her regular virtual press briefing on June 25, said the spike in the number of cases may be traced to the increasing capacity to test for Covid-19 and the easing of community quarantine restrictions in most parts of the country.

She said the country’s healthcare system still has enough capacity to accommodate Covid-19 patients.

However, the government is monitoring “emerging hotspots” of coronavirus infection in the country, apparently referring to Cebu City and the Eastern Visayas region.

Vergeire also reported 255 additional patients who have recovered from Covid-19, increasing the total recoveries to 8,910.

Eight additional mortalities reported in the last 24 hours raised the death toll in the region to 1,212.

Of the 778 additional cases, 415 are fresh cases while 363 are late cases. Fresh cases refer to test results that were released in the last three days while late cases are those that were released more than three days ago.

Among the 415 fresh cases were 250 from the National Capital Region (NCR), 72 from Central Visayas and 93 from other regions.

Of the 363 late cases, 202 were from the NCR, 34 from Central Visayas and 127 from other regions.

The government has augmented security forces in Cebu City to enforce stringent quarantine measures. President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, June 22, appointed Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu as overseer of the government’s Covid-19 response in Cebu.

This highly urbanized city in central Philippines is the only area in the country which remains under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) because of rising cases of infection, fast doubling rate and high critical care utilization rate.

The government has also suspended issuance of travel permits to Eastern Visayas, after officials confirmed that the spike in cases in that region was caused by returning overseas Filipino workers and locally stranded individuals. (JJL, Marites Villamor-Ilano / SunStar Philippines)