THE remaining coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) active cases in Central Visayas are now below the 600-mark as the region currently has a total of 566 active cases.
The Department of Health (DOH) 7 recorded only 40 new cases and 137 more recoveries on Thursday night, Dec. 17, 2020.
Covid-19 cases in the tri-cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu are also now below the 100-mark with Cebu City having only 88 active cases, Lapu-Lapu City with 66 and Mandaue City with 25.
The provinces of Bohol and Siquijor have a total of 30 and eight remaining active cases, while the province of Negros Oriental has the highest number of active cases at 265, followed by Cebu Province with 104.
Of the 24,611 total cases in the region since the first case was recorded in the first quarter of 2020, a total of 22,634 have recovered from the disease while a total of 1,411 have succumbed to Covid-19.
The DOH 7, earlier, said that for the upcoming holiday celebrations, the public must continue practicing the minimum health standards such as frequent and proper hand washing, wearing of face shields and face masks and observing physical distancing. They should also limit the number of family members attending face-to-face gatherings and do celebrations outdoors, such as in lawns or backyards with open spaces, instead of holding them indoors.
Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, DOH 7 spokesperson, said families with members who belong to the vulnerable groups, are advised to forego the family traditions of hand kissing and hugging. They are also encouraged to do virtual gatherings, instead of physical ones.
Frontliners must also undergo a 10- to 14-day quarantine period prior to attending any physical gatherings with families or households who have vulnerable members like the elderly, toddlers, or pregnant women.
The DOH 7 also reminded the public to avoid crowds as much as possible and to adhere to the health standards in business establishments when shopping and doing groceries for their noche buena celebration. Online shopping and deliveries are also encouraged.
Loreche advised families that dine in restaurants to choose those with outdoor dining. / WBS