MANILA, Philippines — Confirmed cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Cebu City have reached more than 3,500, the highest among all highly urbanized areas in the country.
For this reason, the National Task Force against COVID-19 now considers it the new epicenter of the infectious respiratory disease.
Specifically, Cebu City recorded the highest number of active cases and critical and severe COVID-19 patients.
The national government has admitted that the situation in Cebu City is alarming.
“Ang pinakamain focal point po natin is Cebu City, considering the parameters and thresholds. The new cases are increasing, even surpassing the whole NCR,” noted Task Force Chief Implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez.
“The cases of death ay mataas din po. Ang tinatawag na recoveries, malakas rin po pero ang kanilang level 3 hospitals are very limited, ” he added.
Galvez cited the city’s leniency in implementing protocols under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) during the early months of the outbreak.
For now, authorities have no other choice but to extend and enforce strict quarantine measures to improve the situation through the collaborative efforts of the military, the police and the local government units.
Currently, a total of 19 barangays in Cebu City are under hard lockdown.
“Nakikita naming kailangan pa ng stringent restrictions kasi na-find out namin, nung nag-ECQ sila hindi ito properly implemented, ” Galvez said.
“That’s why it prompted the deployment of more forces to Cebu City,” Galvez said. MNP (with details from Rosalie Coz)
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