Central Visayas Covid-19 cases doubled in 1 week

THE average number of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases in Central Visayas per day has doubled in about one week, said the Department of Health (DOH) regional office.

In its update on Wednesday, November 2, 2022, the regional health office stated that the average daily cases from October 31 to November 2 have gone up to 83 per day compared to 73 per day from October 24 to October 30.

The region has also recorded 582 new cases from October 16 to October 22, slightly higher than the 510 new cases from October 9 to October 15.

But the number of patients admitted to hospitals for being critically ill due to Covid-19 has decreased from 37 as of October 22 to 33 as of November 2.

Death cases were 12 as of October 23-29, from 11 recorded on October 16-22.

As to vaccination, the number of fully vaccinated individuals in the region has gone up from 4,772,130 (October 17-23) to 4,775,833 (October 24-November 1).

DOH-Central Visayas also said that its booster vaccination has increased, with 1,023,645 individuals who received their first booster dose as of November 2, from 1,019,045 on October 22.

Also, 2,614 more senior citizens have received their primary doses as of November 2, increasing the count from 408,235 to 410,849.

With these, the DOH reminded the public not to be lenient, stressing the coronavirus is still present.

In October, President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. issued Executive Order (EO) 7, allowing the voluntary wearing of face masks indoors across the country except in healthcare facilities, medical transport vehicles, and public transportation.

The EO also retains the previous policy of voluntary face mask use outdoors.

Despite that, the health agency encouraged people to wear the best-fitted face masks as much as possible and observe the minimum health protocols such as frequent handwashing, sanitizing, and observance of social distancing.

"If possible, please stay in well-ventilated areas, and if you have symptoms, please isolate yourselves immediately," said the DOH. (HIC)