Government Officials of Cebu Says the Rate of COVID 19 is Frightening

Author: Veronica Sabanillas
Post Date: July 18, 2021

The Covid 19 pandemic in Region 7 is a portion of the international 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 appeared on February 5, 2020. 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 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. 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 rising number of cases in the island of Cebu. Govnerment jails also saw rising number of cases. 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. After a few months of no cases, Bohol proved its second case on May 13 which was that of an Overseas Filipino Worker repatriated from foreign territory to the province. The province of Siquijor became the final province in Region 7 to register its first case in which its first two cases that of returnees from Metro Manila was implemented on August 2. On the second week of March, the mayors of Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu, and Mandaue suspended classes in all levels for both private and public schools as a precautionary measure against the spread of the virus. Even though with the class suspensions, schools, collegs, and universities were still ordered to enact distance education measures. Cebu Province Governor Gwendolyn Garcia implemented the fulfillment of a province-wide curfew from 10 in the evening to 5 in the morning the following day on March 15. The Mactan–Cebu International Airport and the Port of Cebu would suspend all arrivals and departures of domestic passenger travel which was also implemented by the governor effective March 17 Following the fulfillment of a general community quarantine (GCQ) in Cebu City on March 16, Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella implemented an executive order outlawing the distribution, sale, and consumption of alcoholic beverages in all areas. Mayor Labella ordered the temporary closure of all private establishments in Cebu City on March 19 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 implemented 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 group placed quarantine facilities known as Bayanihan Field Centers for COVID-19 patients in Cebu which are to be driven by the Central Visayas field office of the Department of Health. Starting on the month of August 2020, cutbacks have been modified and Cebu has been classified as modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).