AS CEBU City inches near the final day of its modified enhanced community quarantine status on July 31, 2020, the city officials reported that the number of persons who recovered from the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) has breached the 5,000 mark.
The latest development could influence the decision of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases on Cebu City’s next quarantine status.
As of July 28, Cebu City had a total of 8,813 cases with 5,075 recoveries, pushing the city’s recovery rate to 57 percent, according to City Attorney Rey Gealon, spokesperson of Mayor Edgardo Labella.
Gealon said in an online press conference on Wednesday, July 29, that the City is expecting more recoveries in the coming days.
Based on the Department of Health (DOH) 7 data released on July 28, Cebu City had 3,266 active Covid-19 cases and 472 mortalities.
Of the active cases in Cebu City, 1,036 were confined in healthcare facilities while 2,230 were brought to isolation centers.
Echoing Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Gealon said Cebu City was able to reduce the transmission of the virus that causes Covid-19.
Roque, Gealon said, noticed a big change in the Cebu City Covid-19 response.
“(The future is bright for Cebu City) in terms of reduction of transmission,” Gealon said.
Roque said in his daily online presser at Malacañang that Cebu City was able to “reduce the transmission” of Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19.
“If Cebu was able to do it, we should be able to do it in Metro Manila as well,” he said.
In a previous report, Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu, overseer of Cebu City Covid-19 response, has noted a drop in Cebu City’s positivity rate from 30 percent (30 out of 100 Cebuanos tested for Covid-19) last June to 11 percent in July.
Cimatu also said he noticed that Cebuanos are now more compliant with the imposed health protocol such as wearing masks and observing social distancing.
Labella welcomed Roque’s remarks. But he said the City will not lower its guard as there is no vaccine against the novel coronavirus yet.
“We will work harder. I enjoin our people in the City of Cebu that we should be more vigilant, observe self-discipline and follow the basic health protocols and, if possible, just stay home if you don’t have essential things to do outside,” Labella said.
The modified enhanced community quarantine status of Cebu City started on July 16 and it will end on July 31. Under this status, public movement is restricted while transportation is limited. (JJL with PAC)