Cebu City Covid cases still rising

THE coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases continued to rise in Cebu City, reaching a total of 4,702 confirmed cases on Friday, June 26, 2020.

Cebu City now has a total of 4,702 Covid-19 cases, 2,369 recoveries and 136 mortalities.

Active cases in the city are 2,197.

On Friday, the Cebu City Health Department recorded 95 new Covid-19 cases, 48 new recoveries and 17 new deaths.

The 95 new Covid-19 cases were recorded from Barangays Apas (two), Banawa (one), Banilad (two), Basak Pardo (three), Basak San Nicolas (seven), Binaliw (one), Luz (four), Busay (three), Calamba (one), Camputhaw (four), Capitol Site (six), Cogon Ramos (one), Day-as (two), Guadalupe (five), Hipodromo (one), Inayawan (one), Kalunasan (two), Kamagayan (one), Kasambagan (one), Labangon (four), Lahug (two), Lorega (one), Mabolo (one), Pahina San Nicolas (one), Pahina Central (two), Pardo (three), Parian (three), Pit-os (three), Punta Princesa (five), Quiot (two), Sambag 1 (three), Sambag 2 (two), Sto. Niño (two), Suba (one), T. Padilla (two), Talamban (five), Tisa (four) and Tejero (one).

The recoveries or new laboratory-negative cases were from Barangays Busay (one), Lahug (three), Sambag 2 (34), Talamban (one) and Tejero (nine).

The new fatalities were from Barangays Basak San Nicolas, Bulacao, Duljo Fatima, Ermita, Guadalupe, Kalunasan, Kinasang-an, Lahug, Mabolo, Pahina, Punta Princesa, San Antonio, Sto. Niño, Suba and Tejero with one death each, while there were two from Camputhaw.

Also on Friday, 22 persons who had been tested negative of Covid-19 were discharged from the Cebu City Quarantine Center.

Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) Administrator Yvonne Feliciano said the 22 patients experienced mild to moderate symptoms and stayed at the quarantine facility to be provided with necessary medical intervention.

Mayor Edgardo Labella previously urged residents not to go immediately to hospitals if they only experience mild to moderate symptoms.

He said they can go to the quarantine centers. The newly recovered patients went home, bringing with them 25-kilo of rice given by the City Government.

The CCQC is managed by the CCMC.

Other cases

One new case was reported in Danao City on June 26, bringing the city’s total confirmed Covid-19 cases to 13.

Talisay City reported 14 recoveries on June 26.

The city has 221 total confirmed cases, 97 active cases and a total of 89 recoveries.

Also on Friday, the Talisay City Hall received the positive results of six persons who were swabbed last June 25.

National stat line

At the national level, the Department of Health on June 26, reported a new spike in fresh coronavirus infections that brought the total case count in the country past 34,000.

As of 4 p.m. Friday, the DOH listed 788 fresh infections, just one case less than

the 789 on June 23.

The June 23 fresh cases were the highest in a single day since the DOH introduced the new classifications of additional infections on May 29.

Late cases

The DOH also reported on Friday 218 late cases, or a total of 1,006 additional coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours.

These brought the total case count in the country to 34,073 as of Friday.

An additional 274 patients have recovered from Covid-19, increasing the recoveries to 9,182.

Twelve new mortalities were also reported, raising the death toll to 1,224.

Among the 788 fresh cases, 266 were from the National Capital Region (NCR), 251 from Central Visayas and 271 from other regions. Of the 218 late cases, 112 were from NCR, seven from Central Visayas and 99 from other regions.

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.


Beverly Lorraine Ho, director of the DOH-Health Promotion and Communication Service, clarified that the number of occupied intensive care unit (ICU) beds and the number mechanical ventilators that are being used do not correspond to the number of severe and critical cases of Covid-19.

Ho said the former data set includes those beds and ventilators that are being used by suspect and probable cases. She said that while critical care utilization in some areas has increased, there are still enough supplies and equipment for critical care in the country’s health facilities.

As of June 25, she said ICU utilization rate in Eastern Visayas was still 10 percent while only 5.0 percent of the ventilators were in use.

Eastern Visayas is one of the emerging hotspots of Covid-19 cases in the country.

In Cebu City, another hotspot, she said ICU utilization rate was 55 percent, isolation beds utilization rate was 84.7 percent and ventilator utilization was 50 percent as of June 24.

Nationwide, Ho said critical care utilization rate was 36.56 percent. (JJL & MVI WITH A REPORT FROM HDT OF SUNSTAR PHILIPPINES)