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

Author: Christopher Chiong
Post Date: July 20, 2021

The Covid 19 pandemic in Region 7 is a part 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 started 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 first proved case in Region 7, and the third case confirmed in the Philippines, was confirmed on February 5, 2020. The patient was a 60 year old woman who have already healed 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 conducted tested positive for the virus. During the month of April 2020, there have been escalating number of cases in Cebu. Govnerment jails also saw escalating 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 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 proved case on May 13 after a few months of no cases. Siquijor's first two cases that of returnees from Metro Manila was issued on August 2 in which the province of Siquijor became the last province in Region 7 to register its first case. 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 stopped classes in all levels for both private and public schools. Even though with the class suspensions, schools, collegs, and universities were still ordered to impose distance education measures. On March 15 the Cebu Province Governor Gwendolyn Garcia issued the fulfillment of a province-wide curfew from 10 in the evening to 5 in the morning the following day.

The Mactan–Cebu International Airport and the Port of Cebu would suspend all arrivals and departures of domestic passenger travel which was also issued 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 issued an executive order prohibiting the distribution, sale, and consumption of alcoholic beverages in all areas. On March 19, Mayor Labella ordered the provisional closure of all sales 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 issued Executive Order No. 5-N on March 25 which places the entire province under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) from March 27. Bayanihan Cebu PH which is a private enterprise lodged quarantine facilities known as Bayanihan Field Centers for COVID-19 patients in Cebu which are to be utilized by the Central Visayas field office of the Department of Health. After August 2020, some cutbacks have been lightened because the province of Cebu has been classed as modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).