Guv: Octa report not cause for concern

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GOVERNOR Gwendolyn Garcia shrugged off the "serious concern" claim made by an independent research group on the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in Cebu, saying she is more concerned about the economy.

In a press conference at the Chikiting Ligtas launching in Consolacion town on Friday, January 29, 2021, Garcia wondered why Octa Research Group singled out Cebu without considering the population of the island of 5.2 million, including Cebu Province and the tri-cities.

On Wednesday, January 27, Cebu Province reported 499 active cases, in which 189 patients are asymptomatic, 283 with mild symptoms, 23 cases with moderate symptoms, and four with severe symptoms.

Garcia even included Dr. Tony Leachon, former special advisor to the National Task Force on Covid-19, in her tirade.

"I wonder why Dr. Leachon does not look at other cities that have more than 499 active cases and their population is not even one-third of the province," said Garcia.

SunStar Cebu is still trying to reach Leachon for his comment.

The governor said this is not a cause for concern since mayors of Cebu's towns and cities are capable of handling and managing Covid-19 concerns.

She said the quarantine facilities and isolation centers of the province are sufficient and are currently on a 20 percent occupancy rate.

She also said that of the 499 active cases, it was from the 44 municipalities and six cities under the Provincial Government, and each LGUs has no more than 39 active cases, half of it is asymptomatic.

"Is that a cause of concern? What is the cause of concern, Dr. Leachon, is our devastated economy," said Garcia.

She said that due to the lockdowns brought by the pandemic, thousands have lost their businesses, jobs and livelihood.

She said what is a cause for concern is when there will be too many hungry and if hunger goes to the head, then criminality and chaos will arise. (KFD)