MORE than half of the 80 barangays in Cebu City appeared to have beaten the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) outbreak despite the easing of quarantine measures in the last six weeks.
Data from the Cebu City Emergency Operations Center (EOC) as of Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, showed that 41 barangays have had no new coronavirus infections in the last 14 days.
The EOC did not identify the barangays to prevent residents from becoming complacent. But the list includes the four barangays which have no history of infection, namely, Taptap, Paril, Sudlon 1 and Buot.
Cebu City Councilor Joel Garganera, EOC deputy chief implementer, noted, however, that the number of new infections daily went up to double-digit levels on Oct. 7 and 8.
In a virtual press conference, Garganera said there were 18 new cases on Oct. 7 and 13 on Oct. 8.
On Oct. 7, more than half of the confirmed cases were new and were not a result of contact tracing efforts.
A total of 121 cases were recorded from Sept. 24 to Oct. 7. Of this number, 16 percent were the result of contact tracing while around 83 percent were new.
Garganera said the new cases were detected from among those tested in hospitals, cluster clinics, and other laboratories.
“We’re seeing a lot of blind spots among our new cases. They were not subject to oaur contact tracing efforts,” Garganera said.
He said the EOC will have to look at the new sources of infection.
In the past six months, 13.91 percent of the 72,307 individuals who were tested for Sars-CoV-2 yielded positive results. Sars-CoV-2 causes Covid-19.
Meanwhile, Garganera said he will meet with some movie theater operators to discuss the health measures that will be implemented in case they are allowed to resume operations.
Mayor Edgardo Labella has created an ad hoc committee tasked to study, evaluate, and accept proposals from mall operators who wish to reopen their cinemas.
The committee is expected to submit a recommendation to the mayor for approval. (JJL)