Latest figures show steady decline in Covid numbers

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THE daily average number of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in Cebu City dropped to 7.38 in October compared to 15.43 in September.

The daily case average has been dropping steadily since July.

In June, the city recorded a three-digit daily average. That dropped to 97 in July and 21 in August.

As of Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, the city only had 112 active cases.

A total of 9,469 out of 10,260 confirmed cases have since recovered.

Based on the data of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), the city now has a recovery rate of 92.29 percent.

The EOC also recorded a total of 678 mortalities, or a 6.60 percent mortality rate.

The city has a positivity rate of 11.86 percent out of the 86,481 individuals tested.

Its case doubling time stands at 16.10 days compared to the national case doubling time of 12.95 days.

City Councilor Joel Garganera, EOC deputy chief implementer, said 45 of the city’s 80 barangays have had no Covid-19 transmission in the last 14 days.

Only 21.7 percent of the 626 beds dedicated to Covid-19 patients are occupied.

As for quarantine facilities, 40 patients are staying in the New Normal Oasis for Adaptation and a Home Complex, 14 in the IC3 and 12 in barangay isolation centers.

Despite this development, Garganera reminded the public not to be complacent and to continue to observe health and safety protocols.

The Department of Health (DOH) 7 also reported only one additional Covid-19-related death on Saturday, bringing the total number of deaths in the region to 1,340.

The DOH 7 logged 37 new cases, making the total number of remaining active cases at 950, still below the 1,000 mark. Most of the new cases reported were from Bohol with 16; followed by Cebu Province, 10; Cebu City, five; Lapu-Lapu City, three; Mandaue City, two; and Negros Oriental, one.

Thirteen names of patients have been added to the list of recoveries in the region, or a total of 20,137 recoveries.

Meanwhile, based on the 43rd morbidity week report covering the data on Oct. 18-24 and published by the DOH 7 on Wednesday, Oct. 28, majority or 54 percent (11,937) of the patients were males and the most affected age group was between 21 and 30 years old. A total of 5,881 persons of these ages have contracted Covid-19.

The DOH 7 said the provinces of Cebu and Bohol displayed a downward trend in the number of cases from Sept. 27 to Oct. 24, while Negros Oriental had a 6.7 percent increase in number of cases from Oct. 11 to Oct. 24.

The DOH 7 said there was a consistent declining trend in the number of cases in the cities of Cebu and Mandaue from Sept. 27 to Oct. 24, while there was a noticeable 141 percent increase in the number of cases in Lapu-Lapu City from Oct. 11 to Oct. 24. (JJL, WBS)