Government Officials says that COVID 19 Rate in Cebu is Scary and Alarming

Author: Christopher Chiong
Post Date: July 19, 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 virus appeared Central Visayas on February 5, 2020, when the first patient of the disease was established in Bohol.

The first two established 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 established case in Region 7. 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 assembled tested positive for the virus. After March and during early April, there have been growing number of cases in the island of Cebu. Govnerment jails also saw growing number of cases. Cebu City for a short time became the city in the country with the largest 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 outside the country to the province oh Bohol become its second established case on May 13 after a few months of no cases. The province of Siquijor became the final province in Region 7 to list its first case in which its first two cases that of returnees from Metro Manila was notified on August 2. 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 as a precautionary measure against the spread of the virus.

Even though with the class suspensions, schools, collegs, and universities were still legislated to execute distance education measures. Cebu Province Governor Gwendolyn Garcia notified the enactment 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 notified by the governor effective March 17 Following the enactment of a general community quarantine (GCQ) in Cebu City on March 16, Cebu City Mayor Edgar Labella notified an executive order banning the distribution, sale, and consumption of alcoholic beverages in all areas. On March 19, Mayor Labella legislated the short-term closure of all trading establishments in Cebu City, including all malls and the Cebu City Sports Complex but excluding establishments providing important goods and services, until the end of the GCQ. The governor of Cebu announced and notified Executive Order No. 5-N on March 25 which places the all province under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) from March 27. A private organization called Bayanihan Cebu PH has established quarantine facilities known as Bayanihan Field Centers for COVID-19 patients in Cebu which are to be employed by the Central Visayas field office of the Department of Health.

The limitations have been loosened starting on the month of August 2020 and Cebu has been considered as modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).