Covid 19 in Cebu is Alarming

Author: Jerry Labella
Post Date: June 10, 2021

The Covid 19 pandemic in Region 7 is a portion of the global pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The first case of the disease was proved in Bohol for the Central Visayas which arrived on February 5, 2020.

Two Chinese tourists admitted in a hospital in Metro Manila both who had travel history to Dumaguete and Cebu were the first two proved cases in the Philippines. The third case confirmed in the Philippines, was confirmed on February 5, 2020 which was also the first proved case in Region 7. The patient was a 60 year old woman who have already recuperated from the disease at the time of the announcement and was allowed to return to China on January 31st. The first sample obtained from the patient on January 24 tested negative for Covid 19 but the second tests assembled tested positive for the virus. After March and during early April, there have been escalating number of cases in the island of Cebu. Govnerment jails also saw escalating number of cases. Cebu City for a short time became the city in the country with the biggest number of Covid 19 cases on May 10 with 1,571 cases, exceeding Quezon City which had 1,558 cases at the time. An Overseas Filipino Worker repatriated from abroad to the province oh Bohol become its second proved case on May 13 after a few months of no cases.

The province of Siquijor became the final province in Region 7 to record its first case in which its first two cases that of returnees from Metro Manila was issued on August 2. As a preventative measure against the spread of the virus, on the second week of March, the mayors of Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu, and Mandaue halted classes in all levels for both private and public schools. Colleges, universities, and other schools, however, were commanded to fulfill distance education measures.

Cebu Province Governor Gwendolyn Garcia issued the implementation of a province-wide curfew from 10 in the evening to 5 in the morning the following day on March 15. The governor also issued 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 implementation of a general community quarantine (GCQ) in Cebu City on March 16, Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella issued an executive order disallowing the distribution, sale, and consumption of alcoholic beverages in all areas. Mayor Labella commanded the provisional closure of all commercial establishments in Cebu City on March 19 including all malls and the Cebu City Sports Complex but excluding establishments providing essential goods and services, until the end of the GCQ. The governor of Cebu announced and issued Executive Order No. 5-N on March 25 which places the whole province under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) from March 27. Bayanihan Cebu PH which is a private organization lodged quarantine facilities known as Bayanihan Field Centers for COVID-19 patients in Cebu which are to be run by the Central Visayas field office of the Department of Health. Starting on the month of August 2020, curtailments have been relaxed and Cebu has been tagged as modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).