Cebu Government Officials Says SARS-CoV-2 is Frightening

Author: Jerry Labella
Post Date: June 09, 2021

The Covid 19 pandemic in Region 7 is a chunk of the worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The virus began Central Visayas on February 5, 2020, when the first patient of the disease was proved in Bohol. The first two proved cases in the Philippines were Chinese tourists admitted in a hospital in Metro Manila both who had traveled to Cebu and Dumaguete. The first proved case in Region 7, and the third case confirmed in the Philippines, was confirmed on February 5, 2020. At the time of the announcement of the 60-year-old woman patient, she have already recovered from the disease and was allowed to return to China on January 31st. Samples obtained from the patient on January 24 tested negative for Covid 19 but during the second testing conducted tested positive for the virus. After March and during early April, there have been growing number of cases in the island of Cebu. There were also growing number of cases in government jails. By May 10, Cebu City for a short time became the city in the country with the biggest number of Covid 19 cases surpassing Quezon City which had 1,558 cases at the time. An Overseas Filipino Worker repatriated from outside the country to the province oh Bohol become its second proved case on May 13 after a few months of no cases. Siquijor's first two cases that of returnees from Metro Manila was signed on August 2 in which the province of Siquijor became the final province in Region 7 to register its first case. On the second week of March, the mayors of Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu, and Mandaue ceased classes in all levels for both private and public schools as a preventative measure against the spread of the virus. Even though with the class suspensions, schools, collegs, and universities were still ordered to execute distance education measures. Cebu Province Governor Gwendolyn Garcia signed the enactment of a province-wide curfew from 10 in the evening to 5 in the morning the following day on March 15. The governor also signed that the Mactan–Cebu International Airport and the Port of Cebu would suspend all arrivals and departures of domestic passenger travel, effective March 17. Following the enactment of a general community quarantine (GCQ) in Cebu City on March 16, Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella signed an executive order outlawing the distribution, sale, and consumption of alcoholic beverages in all areas.

On March 19, Mayor Labella ordered the temporary closure of all commercial establishments in Cebu City, including all malls and the Cebu City Sports Complex but excluding establishments issuing essential goods and services, until the end of the GCQ. The governor of Cebu announced and signed Executive Order No. 5-N on March 25 which places the all province under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) from March 27. Bayanihan Cebu PH which is a private operation positioned quarantine facilities known as Bayanihan Field Centers for COVID-19 patients in Cebu which are to be controlled by the Central Visayas field office of the Department of Health.

Cebu has been categorized as modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) on the month of August 2020 so the limitations have been eased.