Cebu City cases hit single-day high

THE Cebu City Health Department has logged 353 new coronavirus (Covid-19) cases on Tuesday, June 30, 2020—the highest number, so far, reported in a single day in Cebu City.

This eclipses the prior single-day record of 203 new Covid-19 cases reported on June 16, 2020.

Tuesday’s new cases bring the total number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in Cebu City to 5,494.

The City also reported 10 new recoveries, bringing the total number of recoveries in the city to 2,723.

The number of deaths remained at 169, while the number of active Covid-19 cases rose to 2,602.

The 353 new cases were spread out in 47 of the city’s 80 barangays, with four cases having unverified addresses.

Barangay Guadalupe had the most number of new cases, with 44; followed by Sambag 2 (27), Labangon (19), Lahug (18), Capitol (16), Mabolo (14), Tejero (14), Sambag 1 (13) and Talamban (12).

Also reporting new cases were Barangays Apas (8), Bacayan (6), Banilad (4), Basak Pardo (6), Basak San Nicolas (7), Barangay Luz (6), Buhisan (3), Bulacao (3), Calamba (6), Camputhaw (6), Carreta (1), Cogon Pardo (7), Day-as (2), Duljo (1), Ermita (1), Hipodromo (10), Inayawan (1), Kalubihan (1), Kalunasan (2), Kasambagan (3) and Kinasang-an (9).

Other barangays with new cases were Lorega (3), Mambaling (6), Pahina Central (4), Pardo (9), Parian (1), Punta Princesa (11), Quiot (7), San Nicolas Proper (3), San Roque (5), Sto. Niño (2), Suba (1), T. Padilla (7), Taptap (7), Tinago (1), Tisa (9), and Zapatera (2).

Cebu Province

Elsewhere, 37 new Covid-19 cases were reported in Lapu-Lapu City on Tuesday.

According to Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan, the new cases came from barangays Babag (2), Bankal (1), Basak (1), Buaya (1), Calawisan (13), Canjulao (5), Gun-ob (3), Ibo (1), Mactan (1), Marigondon (2), Pajac (1), Pajo (1), Punta Engaño (1) and Pusok (4).

Lapu-Lapu City now has a total of 604 Covid-19 cases, 129 recoveries and 20 deaths.

Chan called on barangay captains to roam their areas and reprimand those found violating the city's quarantine protocols.

In Toledo City on the western coast of Cebu, five new cases were recorded on Tuesday.

One of the new cases is a 27-year-old man from Sta. Rosa, Laguna employed in a private company in Toledo City, while another is his 62-year-old colleague who hails from Bacolod City.

The patients are all in isolation and monitored by the City’s health personnel.

As of Tuesday, Toledo City recorded a a total of 23 Covid-19 cases, with two recoveries and one death.

In Carcar City, southern Cebu, seven new cases were recorded on Tuesday, bringing the total number of coronavirus infections in the City to 27.

The barangays with Covid-19 cases are Bolinawan (1), Can-asujan (3), Guadalupe (1), Liburon (1), Napo (1), Ocaña (1), Perrelos (1), Poblacion I (5), Poblacion II (3), Poblacion III (1), Tuyom (2) and Valladolid (7).

One new recovery was also recorded Tuesday, bringing the total count to three. Three patients died.

Meanwhile, officials of Balamban town assured that confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the municipality are being monitored and contact tracing is ongoing.

This came as four additional cases of Covid-19 were reported on Tuesday from barangays Buanoy, Arpili, and Sta. Cruz.

As of Tuesday, Balamban reported a total of 11 Covid-19 cases, with two deaths and one recovery.

First Covid-related death

In Badian, the southern town has recorded its first Covid-related death, a 54-year-old male from Barangay Manduyong who was a dialysis patient at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center.

Badian now has a total of six Covid-19 cases, with one death.

National tally

For the second day in a row, around 1,000 Covid cases were added to the Philippines’ total case count. Of the 1,080 additional cases, nearly half or 468 came from Central Visayas.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the total cases of infection in the country have reached 37,514.

She also reported 277 recoveries, which brought the total number to 10,233.

Eleven more patients died, raising the death toll to 1,266. Nine of these mortalities died in June.

Of the 1,080 new cases confirmed in the last 24 hours, 858 were considered fresh cases while 222 were late cases.

Among the fresh cases, 430 came from Central Visayas, 158 from the National Capital Region (NCR) and 270 from other regions.

Of the 222 late cases, 45 were from NCR or Metro Manila, 38 from Central Visayas and 139 from other regions.

As of June 29, Vergeire said, the national case doubling time—or the length of time it takes for cases to double—was 7.66. In Cebu City, the case doubling time was faster at 7.47 days.

As of June 11, Vergeire said the reproductive number in the country was 1.3, which means that an infected individual can infect more than one person.

Cebu City had a reproductive number of 2.16 as of June 10, Vergeire said, which means an infected person transmitted the virus to more than two persons. (CTL, RDR, MVI / SunStar Philippines)